Clare County man injured in gas line explosion - WNEM TV 5

Clare County man injured in gas line explosion

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JACKSON, MI (WNEM) -

A Clare County man is recovering from severe burns after being involved in a gas line explosion.

TV5 is told the 32-year-old man was driving a semi-truck when he hit a gas line at an oil pumping field Wednesday in Jackson County. Authorities said that impact is what caused the explosion.

The man, who authorities are not identifying, is currently in critical condition at U of M hospital with third-degree burns all over his body. No one else was hurt in the explosion.

"Fortunately we were able to extinguish the fire before anyone else was injured, and we were very quickly able to rescue the driver and take him away from danger but again his injuries are severe," said a rescuer at the scene.

One person living in the area says the blast was so powerful it pressed one of his sons up against a wall and knocked his other son off of his chair.

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