Laramie, Wy – Some Laramie County officials say poor
communications hampered their response to a pipeline fire that killed a bulldozer operator on Saturday southwest of Cheyenne.
Sheriff Danny Glick says the situation was tough because different organizations were trying to get information about what was happening, and because there was a lot of emotion on the scene.
Bulldozer operator Bobby Ray Owens, Junior of Louisiana died when his machine hit a natural gas pipeline. The ensuing fire sent flames hundreds of feet into the air and it took crews nearly an hour to extinguish the fire.
Dennis West is chief of Laramie County Fire District One. He says some crews were delayed in getting directions to the scene because cells phones didn't work and radio traffic was jammed.
West says fire crews have met to discuss their response to the fire.