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Driver Connected to Explosion in Critical Condition

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LEONI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) - Officials have identified the man severely burned in an explosion Wednesday night at an oil well in Leoni Township as Greg Peacock, 32, of Clare County.

The University of Michigan Hospital confirmed Peacock remains in critical condition Thrusday.

Blackman Leoni Public Safety officials and representatives from the company that own and operate the well say they believe, at this point, the explosion was a terrible accident.

According to the police, before Peacock was airlifted to the U of M, he told an officer that by mistake, he struck a natural gas line with his tractor trailor. Peacock got out of his truck to shut off the valve and that's when it exploded.

The Department of Environmental Quality is still investigating. They say at this point, there's no danger to the public or to the environment.

Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, MIOSHA, is conducting an investigation too. They say it could take weeks.

West Bay Exploration, the Traverse City company that owns and operates the well, runs 53 oil wells in Napoleon Township. In 33 years of operation, a company representative says nothing like this has ever happened. They're also investigating.



"What our investigation entails is trying to come up with exactly what the scenario was that allowed this to happen and then to verify the chain of events. And obviously, we are going to be looking at whatever we can do to ensure that this wouldn't happen again," said Patrick Gibson, the vice president of West Bay Exploration.



Gibson did say first and foremost their concern is with Peacok, who works for B & H Trucking out of Mount Pleasant, not West Bay Exploration. The company contracts B & H to transfer all of their drilling equipment.

B & H declined to comment on the explosion.

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