East Texas Oilfield Explosion Kills Three Men In Smith County near Tyler Get Details of Oil Field Tank Explosion
June 5, 2006
Three Marion County men were killed and another was badly injured in an oil field explosion this morning in Smith County.
The accident happened at a 280 acre oil field about six miles southwest of Raleigh. Authorities say 18 year old Toby Scarborough, 23 year old Nicky Wayne Pounds, both of Foxworth, and 53 year old George Jefferson of Columbia were killed and Huey Duncan of Columbia was injuried.
The four worked at Stringers Oil Field Services of Columbia and were preparing a tank to receive oil from a new pump that had been installed on a well. The workers were on a catwalk connecting four storage tanks when the explosion occured. Authorities say one of the workers was using a welding torch on one of the tanks.
The oil field has eight to nine producing oil wells.
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