Bodies of missing workers found after Quinton gas rig explosion

Posted at 9:51 AM, Jan 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-23 18:00:17-05

QUINTON, Okla. (AP) -- The Latest on a fiery explosion at an Oklahoma gas drilling rig (all times local):

Officials say the bodies of five employees who have been missing since an explosion at an Oklahoma gas drilling rig were found.

Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris said Tuesday that the search for the workers turned to a recovery mission after the Monday morning blast in eastern Oklahoma.

Three of the workers were employed by Houston-based Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. Company president and CEO Andy Hendricks pledged a full investigation into the explosion.

Emergency management officials said Monday night that the fire was extinguished. Authorities say 16 people who were on the site at the time of the blast escaped without major injuries. One person was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

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