Victim suffers burns to more than 50 percent of his body
An oilfield worker was was seriously injured when he was burned by steam Monday afternoon.
The accident occurred about 1:30 p.m. in the oilfields northwest of McKittrick in the general vicinity of Franco-Western Road.
Few details asbout the incident, including the victim's name and hometown, were available.
The man was identified only as a 22-year-old oilfield worker.
Kern County Fire Department spokesman Sean Collins said the man was working near pipes when he was hit with a blast of 400-degree steam.
He suffered burns to more than 50 percent of his body, Collins said.
The victim was transported from the scene by air ambulance to San Joaquin Community Hospital's burn unit, he said.
His condition was not known late Monday afternoon.
Collins said the accident will likely be investigated by state or federal officials.