Early Friday morning, two workers were killed and several others were injured when an oil rig in southern Oklahoma exploded. The explosion occurred in Coalgate, Oklahoma shortly after 1 a.m. The explosion and ensuing fire erupted on the deck of the oil rig, which is located in rural Coal County approximately 100 miles outside of Oklahoma City. The root cause of the explosion has yet to be determined, though officials from OSHA have already arrived to conduct an investigation.
Two of the injured workers were taken to a hospital in Oklahoma City after suffering severe burns. The third worker also suffered burns to his hands.
An official from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission reported that no environmental damage requiring a cleanup effort occurred and there have been no evacuations ordered for nearby residential areas.
The company that owned the rig is Pablo Energy, which is based in Amarillo, Texas. Both of the deceased workers and all three of the injured workers were employees of Dan D. Drilling, a contractor based in Oklahoma that provides drilling services to rigs located in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas.
The explosion comes less than a month after an offshore oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico injured three workers and claimed the life of another. Click here to read more about oil rig explosions.