UPDATE: RUSK COUNTY - At 4:57 pm on August the 1 we received a 911 call that there was an explosion near FM 1798 south of Pinehill TX.
First responders along with DPS, Eastside Fire department and the Rusk County Sheriff's Department arrived at FM 1798 and County Road 366 in the South Eastern part of Rusk County.
Upon arrival we were informed that a pipeline crew clearing a right-of-away hit a live 12 inch line carrying natural gas.
There was an explosion and the male operator of the mulching machine was killed instantly.
This was ruled an accident by Justice of the Peace 3 Jackie Risinger. The male killed in the accident was 32-year-old Conner Wilson of Longview Texas.