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Workers recovering after northwest Iowa explosion

Hit gas line while trenching in farm field

Ffirefighters respond to a gas line explosion east of Hinton in northwest Iowa on Wednesday, Two men working with trenching equipment were injured when the equipment hit a buried natural gas pipeline in a farm field. (AP)
Ffirefighters respond to a gas line explosion east of Hinton in northwest Iowa on Wednesday, Two men working with trenching equipment were injured when the equipment hit a buried natural gas pipeline in a farm field. (AP)

 The two men injured in a gas explosion when their trenching equipment struck a Northern Natural Gas pipeline near Hinton are recovering.

The Sioux City Journal says 33-year old Christopher Derocher, of Le Mars, and 28-year-old Jacob Brown, of Sioux City, were taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

Derocher was released. Brown is listed in fair condition at the hospital.

The two were working on a farm field drainage tile using excavating equipment when the pipeline was struck and burst sending flames hundreds of feet high around 2 p.m. Wednesday.A Northern Natural gas spokesman says pipeline valves were shut off on either side of the break to stop the leak and fire. Repairs are under way. He says customers did not lose gas service.

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