Two contractors were killed on Tuesday and another was injured after a pressure release accident at a South Texas pipeline.

According to the AP, the two workers were killed after a high-pressure release during repair work at a Southcross Energy Partners plant near Woodsboro, Texas.

Justice of the Peace Lorraine Lopez told the AP that the three men were in a hole repairing the line when part of the pipeline came loose, releasing about 800 pounds of pressure and blowing the men out of the hole.

One of the workers died on scene while the other died at the hospital, according to the AP.

The third injured worker was taken to a hospital for treatment.

According to the Victoria Advocate, Southcross Energy employee Dennis Henneke, 54 of Woodsboro, and contract worker Jesse Gonzalez Jr., 30 from San Diego, were killed in the accident.

Twenty-two year old contract worker Rene Roel Elizondo Jr.,also from San Diego, was injured and is reportedly in stable condition at a local hospital, the paper said.

A statement given to the AP by Dallas-based Southcross said a piece of equipment being used by the workers apparently failed.

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokesman told the Victoria Advocate that the agency has begun an investigation into the accident.


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