NTSB takes over investigation into Lincoln Co. Explosion

Matt Wood
Posted at 4:08 PM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 18:24:54-04

LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The National Transportation Safety Board is now taking the reins of the investigation into the natural gas pipeline explosion that resulted in the death of a 58-year-old woman.

Lisa Denise Derringer, 58, was killed after an explosion rocked the Moreland neighborhood just after 1:20 a.m. Thursday morning. Enbridge has released a statement confirming that the NTSB has taken over the incident response.

Enbridge is continuing to respond to the incident on the Texas Eastern natural gas pipeline system in Lincoln County.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has assumed control of the incident site. The NTSB is investigating the incident and Enbridge is supporting that investigation.

At Enbridge, our first concern is the safety of the public and the surrounding communities.

Enbridge has mobilized emergency response personnel and resources to the site, and we are continuing to work alongside first responders.

First responders expressed shock that more people weren't killed and injured following the blast and fire that could be seen for miles. Five residences were destroyed and others suffered significant damage. Officials evacuated about 75 people from the nearby Indian Camp mobile home park.