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2 dead and 2 injured in gas pipeline explosion in Texas

Two people were killed and two others injured in a gas explosion northeast of Dallas on Monday, authorities said.

The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. when workers were performing pipeline maintenance at a Collin County site north of Farmersville, the sheriff’s office said.
The scene is safe, but authorities have asked people to avoid the area.

The murdered people were not identified. The explosion occurred while Atmos Energy was outsourcing maintenance work, the sheriff’s office said.

Atmos Energy said in a statement that its technicians work with first responders.
“Our prayers go out to those affected by the events in Farmersville, Texas today. We are currently not disclosing names or additional details out of respect for their privacy,” the company said.

The FBI was asked for help because it has experience processing scenes after an explosion, the sheriff’s office said.

Farmersville is approximately 35 miles northeast of downtown Dallas.

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