1 dead, 2 injured in eastern Utah oil field blast

MYTON, Utah — Authorities say one person is dead and two people are injured after a storage tank exploded in an eastern Utah oil field.

Crews from both Uintah and Duchesne counties responded to the fire that started about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday near the small town of Myton.

The structure is owned by Newfield Exploration Company, which is the state’s largest producer of crude oil.

Newfield spokesman Keith Schmidt told The Salt Lake Tribune that the person who died was a contract worker. Schmidt said another worker remained in a Vernal hospital Wednesday with injuries that don’t appear to be life-threatening, and a third person, who’s a Newfield employee, was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The victims’ names have not yet been released.


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