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Fresno Farmworker Hurt In Explosion

An exploding gas main sent a farmworker to the hospital in Fresno Tuesday and forced neighbors to briefly evacuate their homes.

A Fresno County sheriff´s spokesman says the worker´s tractor struck a natural gas main while tilling a field south of the city. The worker was taken to University Medical Center. he was treated and released.

The explosion sent natural gas spewing into the air and sheriff´s deputies evacuated homes downwind as a precaution. Students at a nearby school were kept indoors but not evacuated because they were upwind of the drifting gas.

A PG&E spokeswoman says service should be restored by Wednesday morning.