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Published September 15, 2011, 01:47 AM

Explosion at Oil Rig Near Williston Kills 1, Injures 3

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The McKenzie County sheriff says one man was killed and three others were injured Wednesday evening in an oil well explosion south of Williston.

By: Associated Press,

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The McKenzie County sheriff says one man was killed and three others were injured Wednesday evening in an oil well explosion south of Williston.

McKenzie County Sheriff Ron Rankin says the rig explosion occurred at about 5:40 p.m. on Indian Hill, just south of the Missouri River on County Road 4. The sheriff says one man died in the explosion and three others suffered severe burns. The injured men were transported to a Williston hospital.

No names have been released, pending notification of relatives. Rankin says the workover rig is owned by Powers Lake-based Carlson Well Services.

Company officials did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment.

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