Three workers hurt in explosion, fire at well |

Three workers hurt in explosion, fire at well

GREELEY ” Authorities say a pickup truck’s hot catalytic converter ignited vapors from a flat tank at an oil well, sparking an explosion that sent two workers to a Greeley hospital.

Weld County Undersheriff Margie Martinez says the blast occurred about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at a site west of Greeley.

Martinez says two employees suffered facial burns and were taken to North Colorado Medical Center. A third worker was treated at the scene for minor burns.

Union Colony Fire Chief Dale Lyman says the open-topped tank contained a petroleum product mixture whose vapors hovered close to the ground due to cold temperatures. The vapors ignited in a flash fire when the pickup carrying workers arrived at the site.

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The names of the workers have not been released.

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