A worker suffered critical injuries Wednesday in New Baden, TX, when a storage tank at a dormant oil well site exploded.
The worker ended up life-flighted to a Houston hospital with severe burns, said Robertson County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Misterek.
Authorities received the call to go to the oil well off Cazey Loop, Misterek said.
Details about the victim, including his name, age and the company he worked for, were not available Wednesday, the deputy said.
Other specifics, such as the task the man was performing atop the tank or how the explosion occurred, were still under investigation, Misterek said.
Heavy black plumes of smoke from the explosion were visible from more than eight miles outside of town. Standing 300 yards from the tank bright orange flames were evident as fire crews monitored.
Misterek said emergency officials, saying the fire was under control, decided to allow it to burn out. At 3:30 p.m., fire crews from College Station with special training in extinguishing oil well fires arrived, and within an hour they had the fire out.
The well owner hired the specialized fire units, Misterek said.