Oklahoma’s coal industry is reeling from the deadliest accident in its history as a deadly blast that killed two workers in Kansas killed seven people and destroyed hundreds of homes.
Authorities said the blast happened Monday in the town of Elk Creek, just north of Wichita, Kansas.
The blast was reported shortly after 6 p.m. local time, said Lt.
James Rolfe, a sheriff’s office spokesman.
Authorities initially said one person was dead and four others were hospitalized.
They later announced that two people were dead and three others were in critical condition.
They said the explosion occurred when an electric line broke and the electric line was pushed into the ground.
Rolfe said authorities were still investigating how it happened and were not sure what caused the explosion.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Officials say a third worker was working with the company when the blast occurred.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.