3 Hurt after Tornado hits TX Gas Rig

Monday, June 1, 2015 @ 11:06 AM gHale

At least three people suffered injuries Wednesday when a tornado hit a natural gas drilling rig in northern Texas, officials said.

One victim sustained minor injuries, the second had non-life-threatening injuries to the face, and the third suffered “an impalement to the abdomen,” said Hemphill County Sheriff James Pearson.

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Two of the more seriously injured ended up transported to a hospital in Amarillo, TX, and one received treatment at Hemphill County Hospital in Canadian, Hemphill Hospital Chief Executive Christy Francis said.

The patient who remained at Hemphill County Hospital was in stable condition, Francis said.

The drilling rig is near Canadian, a town of nearly 3,000 residents about 100 miles (160 km) northeast of Amarillo in the Texas panhandle.

Pearson said the tornado caused enough damage that highways ended up closed due to debris from downed trees and flooding.

There was no word on the rig’s operations but Pearson said there was “extensive damage to the doghouses,” the general-purpose rooms adjacent to the rig floor.