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4 injured, due to lightning strike, at gas drilling site
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4 injured, due to lightning strike, at gas drilling site

FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Four people were reportedly injured, due to a lightning strike, Thursday around 3 p.m. at a gas drilling site in Faulkner County.

Christina Fowler with Southwestern Energy said six individuals were working on a workover rig when the injuries occurred; Fowler said the injured are employed by third-party vendors and are not Southwestern Energy employees.

The workers were reportedly in a room near the rig when a lightning bolt struck the building.

Lori Ross with Conway Regional Medical Center said two of the injured were transported to that facility for treatment, while two others are being taken to Little Rock for treatment. Ross said two others who are considered "walking wounded" admitted themselves into the Conway Regional Medical Center for treatment, and Fowler told THV11 that they have since been treated and released.

Ross said the two most severely injured of the six will stay overnight at Conway Regional. Their injuries reportedly include first degree burns and a busted ear drum.

The Centerville Fire Department and three MEMs units responded to the scene, located at Fairview and Herring Road. Emergency personnel arrived on scene within 20 minutes, according to Fowler.

All operations at the SWN location have been shut down and Fowler said details of the incident are still being investigated. In a statement to the media, she said, "The well was undergoing routine maintenance operations. There was no natural gas flowing at the time of the lightning strike, and the well is secure. Therefore, there is no threat to area residents."

The names of those injured have not been released.

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