A well blowout has left four men injured on December 5, 2016. Of the seven people working to repair a leaking oil well in Liberty County, Texas Carl Young, Evert Stoner, Joseph Semien, and Kaleb West were hurt. According to the Houston Chronicle, Mr. Young was transported by ambulance to San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown to be treated for leg and facial injuries. Mr. Stoner suffered a minor eye injury, Mr. Semien suffered back and leg injuries, and Mr. West suffered injuries to his face. They were transported by ambulance to Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston to receive medical treatment.
The crew are employees of Smith Oil Company, which has been serving the Arkansa, Louisiana, and Texas region since 1942. Their website states they are "proud to offer a complete service to you from beginning to end and pride in being one of the oldest fuel suppliers in the Ark-La-Tex."
A spokesperson for the Liberty County Sheriff's office said that Smith Oil Company sent safety personnel to the scene at Lease Road near CR 2087 in Hardin, Texas, to determine the cause of the blow-back of drilling mud. OSHA and state officials will undoubtedly investigate the incident as well.
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