Wednesday morning, a pipeline exploded near FM 1379 and State Highway 158 in Midland, Texas. Then, a second blast occurred at 12:30 P.M., injuring five people. Though each injured person's status is currently unknown, one person sustained injuries severe enough to be airlifted to a hospital in Lubbock. Additionally, portions of SH 158 remain closed as officials work to stabilize the pipeline. Midland Police have not provided any other information about the incident, and ownership of the pipeline is currently unknown.
A Network of Trouble
With miles of pipeline running underneath Texas soil, danger lurks under the feet of unsuspecting citizens. These vast networks of pipelines carry highly flammable liquids and gas to multiple destinations. With thousands of pipeline accidents reported since 2010, billions of dollars have been lost and thousands of people have wrongfully killed, injured, or put at risk. It is the responsibility of the companies that own these pipelines to make sure they are properly maintained for safe operation. Companies that fail to do this must be held accountable for recklessly endangering the lives of their employees.
Our Midland pipeline explosion lawyers hope for complete recovery for the victims of this accident. We also hope that authorities are able to determine the cause of the explosion soon.