Most people who live in Texas know somebody who works in the oil and gas industry. They also know how dangerous this industry can be. There are accidents all the time. We hear about explosions, fires and other equipment accidents. The people of Corpus Christi experienced this near the Citgo East plant this past week.
At about 8:30 am, police and fire rescue responded to reports of people hearing loud booms. Fire and rescue realized it was an explosion and immediately went to the facility on the North lanes of Interstate-37 and Buddy Lawrence Drive. The scene was located right next door to the Citgo plant.
When the police got there, they realized that there was a natural gas line rupture which resulted in a huge fire. The flames were shooting through the sky. It took the fire department more than an hour and a half to put the fire out. They had to use a thick layer of foam to get the fire out. The fire was so serious, it actually halted production at nearby facilities.
Thankfully, nobody was injured in the accident. At least no injuries have been reported thus far. The natural pipe-line is owned by a third party who was not present at the time of the explosion and fire.
The rescue crews issued an emergency for the residents in Corpus Christi and even offered an emergency shelter for those who needed it. They had to shut down Interstate-37 in both directions for several hours as they put out the fire and cleaned up the area.
If your loved one works in the oil and gas industry in Texas and suffers any sort of accident, make sure you contact our oilfield injury attorney right away.