- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WORTHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - Two workers are hospitalized after authorities say a backhoe struck a high pressure gas line and caused an explosion at a western Pennsylvania compression station.

The explosion happened around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Snyder Brothers compression site in West Franklin.

Worthington-West Franklin Assistant Fire Chief Fred Neal tells the Leader Times (http://bit.ly/1JiKz9L ) firefighters contained the fire quickly once gas was cut off.

The backhoe driver was airlifted to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment of burns sustained when the vehicle caught fire. The other worker was taken to a local hospital with minor burns.

Both workers are employees of EQT. The company tells the newspaper the workers were clearing a right-of-way when the line was hit.

West Franklin is about 33 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

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Information from: Leader Times, http://www.leadertimes.com

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