Emergency officials in Tyler County, W.Va. said that at least four people were injured in what appears to be an explosion at a compression station outside of Wick, W.Va., Thursday night.
Our news partner, WTOV9.COM reports, according to a release, Tyler County 911 got a call around 7 p.m. from a Eureka Hunter employee about an explosion with storage tanks on fire and at least two people injured at the Twin Hickory compression station near Wick in rural Tyler County. Fire and EMS units were sent to the scene along with Tyler County sheriff's deputies.
Three patients were flown by medical helicopter to West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh. A fourth patient was taken to Sistersville General Hospital by ambulance to be treated for their injuries. Their conditions are unknown at this time.
When NEWS9 arrived at the scene, emergency officials would not allow our crews past a staging area located at the intersection of Wick and Hickory roads. The staging area is used by the company that owns or operates the pipeline for which the compression station is used. It is unclear who owns and operates the station. A compression station is a facility that helps transport natural gas from one location to another. Gas in these stations is pressurized by special turbines, motors and engines, and it helps move gas through the pipelines.
NEWS9 has reached out to county EMA Director Tom Cooper and Tyler County Sheriff Bob Kendle, but our calls have not been returned. The cause of the explosion is unknown at this time and the investigation is ongoing.