Firefighter, 4 Others Injured as Tractor Hits Gas Line

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – An Oklahoma firefighter who was among five people injured in an explosion after a natural gas pipeline rupture in Tulsa was in stable condition, a fire department spokesman said.

Police say the rupture occurred when a tractor struck the line about 1:30 p.m. Thursday on the city’s west side. Officials said gas was shut off and the fire extinguished about 4:30 p.m., with no homes threatened.

Capt. Stan May said Capt. Greg Delozier, 54, who was burned, was moved overnight from emergency care into a hospital room, where he was being monitored.

Four Oklahoma Natural Gas employees were also injured in the blast, according to utility spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard. Ballard said the line was repaired late Thursday night and service has been restored.


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