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Names released in pipeline explosion in rural Lee County


UPDATE: The Lee County Sheriff's office has released the names of the two people who died after an explosion at a farm field in rural Lee Country Tuesday morning.

According to officials, the victims from yesterday's accident have been identified as 59-year-old Rory Miller of Amboy and 30-year-old Ryan S. Miller of Oregon. They were father and son.

20-year-old Michael Koster of Sterling still remains in critical condition at OSF St. Anthony's hospital in Rockford.

20-year-old Kyler Acklund of West Brooklyn was released from the hospital.

IL 38, near Nachusa, has since reopened to traffic.


UPDATE: Two people have died and two people are in the hospital after an explosion at a farm field in rural Lee County Tuesday morning.

It happened at 9 a.m. in the 1600 block of Nachusa Road, near Route 38 in unincorporated Nachusa.

According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, farm workers had been installing field tile and a tractor pulling a tiling plow became stuck. Another tractor tried to pull the first tractor out but the second tractor began to lose traction.

That's when the sheriff's office says a gas line was struck and a large explosion occurred. 

Two people were found dead at the scene and two others were taken to KSB Hospital in Dixon, and then transported to OSF Saint Anthony in Rockford. One person is in critical condition but stable. Another person is stable.

Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline System is the owner of the pipeline that was struck. Kinder Morgan will be investigating, along with the National Transportation Safety Board.

Officials say Tuesday's windy conditions played into favor because it blew the fire away from nearby houses and structures.

There is another pipeline in the area but officials say that pipeline wasn't damaged and there is no danger to the public.

UPDATE: The Lee County Coroner's Office says it has been contacted about a death or deaths related to the fire in rural Lee County on Nachusa Road.

The Coroner's Office says it can't release how many people have died or any more information relating to that at this time.

Fire officials are battling a massive fire outside Dixon Tuesday morning off Route 38 near the town of Nachusa.

Dixon Rural Fire and Dixon City and Advanced EMS are some of the agencies responding, according to officials.

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