Coroner called to scene of pipeline explosion

Coroner called to scene of pipeline explosion

The sheriff's office has not released the names of the victims until their families are notified.

The explosion site has been secured, Kinder Morgan told WIFR.

The conditions of both people injured in the explosion had stabilized. A second tractor attempted to free the first but lost traction when the explosion happened. The Lee County Sheriff's Department said the blast sent flames and dark smoke into the air around 9 a.m.

U.S. Route 38 between Nachusa and Robbins roads is closed, and police and fire crews from multiple agencies also are on scene.

According to Lee County Sheriff's Department officials, an explosion and fire occurred in a field near Nachusa when a natural gas line was struck by a tractor at approximately 9 a.m. on December 5. The gas company is now on scene to make sure the pipeline is secured.

A large fire, possibly caused by a pipeline explosion, has emergency personnel responding to a scene near Dixon.

At this time investigators have not confirmed what led to the explosion near the area of Nachusa Road and Route 38.

The Illinois State Fire Marshall is taking over the investigation.

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