A huge pipeline explosion on Thursday left two people dead and at least 40 others injured after it blew out of a field in Texas, killing one person and injuring dozens more.
The explosion occurred near the town of Garland, where an oil pipeline was being installed in preparation for a major project.
The blast took place as the pipeline was going through a field where a fire was burning, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
“We were working with a contractor, and we heard an explosion in the area and saw people running out of the area,” Travis County EMS spokeswoman Jessica Williams said.
“We were told the fire had spread to the pipeline.”
The explosion sent a section of the pipeline into the field, which is about 200 feet (70 meters) long, according, and flattened homes, cars and a truck.
“There was a big plume of smoke and water coming out of it, and people were screaming,” said Kyle Schaffer, who lives in a home nearby.
“I’m just trying to keep my head down.”
The incident is the second major pipeline accident to occur in Texas this year.
On Feb. 3, a pipeline ruptured, sending thousands of gallons of crude oil into a rural area in northeast Texas, where some residents were evacuated and the company responsible has since shut down.