One person seriously burned when tugboat strikes gas line in Jefferson parish

One person seriously burned when tugboat strikes gas line in Jefferson parish
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 10:29pm

Two people were injured when a tugboat struck a natural gas line in Bayou Perot Tuesday evening, causing a large fire.

According to Deano Bonano, an aide to the council chairman in Jefferson Parish, two people were taken to the hospital after the explosion, which occurred around 6:00 p.m.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard said the flames reached nearly 1,000 feet into the sky.

NBC affiliate WDSU in New Orleans reported that the tugboat was moving a barge with 5,000 gallons of fuel.

One person on the barge suffered serious burns. He is currently being treated at the West Jefferson Medical Center, and will be moved to the burn unit at Baton Rouge General when he is stabilized. One other person fell off the barge and was given X-rays, but did not suffer any burns.

The Coast Guard is currently investigating the explosion, and said details will be forthcoming.

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