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Two Die in Pipeline Accident

Oklahoman Published: August 30, 1986

FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (AP) A supervisor said he was overcome by gas when he tried to rescue two crew-men who suffocated while working on a 30-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline in Fleming County.

Two workers died and six were treated for gas inhalation after the accident in the Texas Eastern Gas Pipeline Co. line near Muses Mills, about 10 miles southeast of Flemingsburg.

The deaths occurred about 3 p.m. Thursday, after the crew from Sheehan Pipeline Construction Co. of Tulsa, OK, had installed a new 22-foot section of pipe, said Sheehan construction supervisor Dwayne Barber.

Jimmy L. Langston, 37, of Bald Knob, Ark., was overcome after he crawled about 20 feet into the pipeline to inspect a weld, Barber said.

He said Jerry A. Thornhill, 45, of Forest, La., crawled in about 10 feet to try to save Langston when he, too, was overcome.

Barber said he entered the pipe to try to get a rope around Thornhill or Langston, and got within sight of Thornhill.

"I could see his feet in there, but I passed out," he said.

He was dragged out by other workers, and several of them also passed out.

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