OIL FIELD EXPLOSION IN WHITE COUNTY
NORRIS CITY—An oil field explosion has injured four men in the Norris City area of White County.
Our sources have advised that the incident occurred about mid-afternoon today, July 24, reportedly around 1:30-1:45 p.m. at the vicinity of 500 North and 800 East near Plainview General Baptist Church. Crews working on a drilling rig there told emergency responders and law enforcement officials that they were welding and heard pressure building up inside one of the tanks they were working on when there was a sudden explosion and fire.
Injured in this were Shane Farris, Enfield, and John Sullivan, Herald, who were both air-evac’d from the scene, reportedly to Evansville, although we’re having some sources just now tell us (at about 6 p.m.) that their burns were too severe to be treated there in Indiana, and one (Sullivan, we’re hearing) was taken to St. Louis hospitals for treatment. Farris was transported by air to a burn unit in Louisville, Ky. Taken to local hospitals for treatment of their injuries were Brandon Hooper, Fairfield, and Jason Parr, Norris City.
When we learn more, we’ll post it. Keep the men and their families in your prayers, please.
We do have an address for Shane Farris where cards and well-wishes can be sent:
U of L Hospital
Intensive Care Unit
c/o Shane Farris
530 S Jackson St
Louisville, Ky 40202
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