A natural gas well in West Virginia exploded early Sunday, injuring eight people.
Doddridge County Emergency Medical Services said the well, about an hour southwest of Morgantown in New Milton, ignited about 4 a.m. Four people were flown to West Penn Hospital's burn center; the other four were treated locally. It was unclear whether the victims were all workers.
Officials don't know why the well exploded, but they said Sunday afternoon that the fire was under control. The well is owned by Antero Resources, which is based in Denver.
Several family members drove to Pittsburgh to be with the victims.
One was Diana Arbogast, who sat with her family in the waiting room of West Penn Hospital's burn unit Sunday, waiting for news from the doctor. Her husband, Charlie, a rigger and trucker who was working at the well pad, received third-degree burns on his knees, forearms, hands and face, she said.
She said she hadn't spoken with him since Friday, when he left for work at the Antero Resources drill site. The 57-year-old had been gone for more than 40 hours before the explosion.
The next time she heard from her husband, he was riding in an ambulance to the hospital, she said. He couldn't speak to her, but a co-worker relayed the message: He loved her.
"You come to the rigs, you do what you do and you don't ask questions," Ms. Arbogast said.
Family members said five people were flown to Pittsburgh, not four. Two safety workers investigating the accident had visited them Sunday afternoon, but no one was sure what had happened.
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