Explosion at gas well site injures 8 in W.Va.

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NEW MILTON, W.Va. (AP) – Eight people have been injured in an explosion at an Antero Resources natural gas drilling site in Doddridge County.

Doddridge County EMS says the explosion occurred around 4 a.m. Sunday at a well site in New Milton.

Antero vice president of production Kevin Kilstrom tells WBOY-TV that two crews were preparing to enter production tubing into the well when the accident occurred. He says there was a fire and a possible explosion.

Kilstrom says five contract workers were transported to the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh.

Doddridge County EMS says a total eight workers were injured. The others were taken to in-state hospitals.

The victim’s conditions weren’t immediately available.

Kilstrom says the company has notified the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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