By Stephen Dafoe
Morinville – A fireball rose over a Sturgeon County field Monday afternoon, an explosion that sent one man to hospital with life-threatening injuries and left another man severely burned.Three cable contractors installing utility poles south of Highway 642 on Range Road 244 found their routine job turn to tragedy when the bobcat operator’s auger drilled through a gas pipeline. The incident drew RCMP, fire crews, ambulance, and Alliance Pipeline employees to deal with the matter.
Fortunately, the man seriously injured was a rescue mannequin and the entire deployment was a real-time, multi-departmental training exercise, one of two Alliance Pipeline conducts in Morinville each year. […]