Gas Line Blast Kills Member Of Texas Mowing Crew

HENDERSON (August 13, 2014) A member of a mowing crew died Tuesday in a natural gas explosion while clearing a pipeline right of way when some brush-clearing equipment ruptured the line.

The Rusk County Sheriff's Office on didn't immediately release the victim's name Wednesday.

Sgt. David Roberts says there was no fire in the accident late Tuesday afternoon in a rural area about 12 miles southeast of Henderson.

Roberts says the man was using a mulcher to clear the pipeline right of way when he hit the line, causing an explosion and gas leak.

Another worker called for help.

The gas flow was cut off.

Residents within a mile of the site were evacuated, but allowed to return home Tuesday night.

Roberts had no immediate details on the operator of the line.