Fracking accident kills 1, injures 2 in Colorado

Three men were trying to heat a frozen high-pressure water line

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GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — One worker was killed and two others were seriously injured in a fracking accident at an oil or gas well site in northern Colorado.

Three men were trying to heat a frozen high-pressure water line when something went wrong and the line ruptured Thursday.

Weld County sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Standridge says one man was hit by a stream of water and died from the impact. The accident happened near Mead, about 35 miles north of Denver, on the fourth straight day of frigid weather in the region.

The men were working for Halliburton Co., which Anadarko Petroleum Corp. contracted to perform fracking operations at the well.

The injured men — 48-year-old Thomas Sedlmayr and 28-year-old Grant Casey — were flown to hospitals. The name of the man who was killed hasn’t been released.

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