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2 workers killed, 1 hurt in South Texas pipeline accident

WOODSBORO, Texas (AP) — Officials say two workers have been killed and another was hurt during a high-pressure release as the men did repairs on a South Texas gas pipeline.

Refugio (ray-FYOO’-ee-oh) County authorities say the accident happened Tuesday afternoon at a Southcross Energy Partners plant near Woodsboro.

Justice of the Peace Lorraine Lopez says two of the men were in a hole repairing a gas pipeline when a piece of the line came loose, releasing about 800 pounds of pressure. The victims were blown from the hole.

Officials say one man died at the scene. Another died at a hospital. The third man was being treated at a hospital.

Messages left with Dallas-based Southcross were not immediately returned Wednesday.

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