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Megargel men injured in Deer Creek explosion undergoing treatments


Two Young County oilfield workers injured when a tank battery near Deer Creek exploded Tuesday are undergoing skin grafts at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

Neil Warren Bowers, 54, and Andrew P. Bowers, 29, were working on the tank battery when the explosion occurred. The accident happened just before 2 p.m., Sept. 25.

Neil Bowers and Andrew Bowers, both of Megargel, are father and son.

Both men were evacuated by helicopter from the pump jack site, located on South Myers Road, approximately 1.25 miles south of FM 1883.

Neil Bowers suffered severe burns to more than 45 percent of his body, including his face, neck, shoulders, stomach, side and legs. Andrew Bowers was badly burned on his hands, arms and stomach, but was able to walk to the road to wait for first responders.

Volunteer fire fighters from Bluegrove were dispatched, along with EMS units from Clay County Memorial Hospital and Clay County deputies.

The cause of the explosion is not known.

Kent Neville, emergency management coordinator for Clay County, said that according to fire fighters on the scene, a cigarette might have caused the flash fire, and a cutting torch was in use on the job site.


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