AUGUST 31, 2004 - Posted at 5:34 p.m. CDT
MOUNTAIN HOME, AR - Four workers for North Arkansas Electric Cooperative were hurt in an explosion in Mountain Home this afternoon. Officials say three of the crew members sustained severe injuries when a transformer they were moving exploded in a "fireball."
Cooperative spokesman Jerry Estes says the utility crew does not yet know why the transformer exploded. He says the crew was changing a 64,000-volt transformer that was moved to a different electric substation.
Estes said the transformer exploded in a fireball.
The incident occured shortly before 3 p.m.
The injured were taken to Baxter Regional Medical Center, two by AirEvac helicopters.