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Several Injured in Fresno Pipeline Explosion

lacfireA natural gas transmission line rupture sparked an explosion near state Highway 99 in Fresno, California, on April 17.

The12-inch pipeline, operated by Pacific Gas & Electric Corp, was ruptured after it was accidentally hit by a backhoe. The leak caused a loud explosion and fire.

Around 15 people were injured in the incident, including construction workers and a jail inmate crew. Authorities said 4 of the injured were in critical condition.

The California Public Utilities Commission and the Pacific Gas & Electric Corp is investigating the accident.