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Five Dead After Pittsburg County Drilling Rig Explosion

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The bodies of five workers killed in a drilling rig explosion in Pittsburg County on Monday, Jan. 22, were recovered on Tuesday as investigators searched for a cause for the deadliest oil and gas accident since 2010.

The workers’ bodies were found in the so-called “dog house,” a room on the drilling rig floor that serves as an operations office. Four of the missing employees were from Oklahoma, and one was from Colorado. Seventeen workers on the site survived, though at least one was treated for burns.

The explosion occurred a little before 9 a.m. on Monday. The primary blast, which witnesses said shot flames at least 50 feet into the air, was followed by a series of secondary explosions. Gusty winds spread the resulting fires to nearby tanks and surrounding agricultural land. Those fires were extinguished by Monday evening.

Pittsburg County Emergency Management released a statement Monday afternoon saying there was no longer a danger to residents near the site. Investigators were expected to conduct a walk-through on Tuesday, after the site was stabilized.

The rig was owned by Patterson-UTI Energy, which is based in Houston, and operated by Red Mountain Energy, which is located in Oklahoma City. At the time of the explosion, according to a News on 6 report, 22 employees were working on the rig.

The attorneys at Carr & Carr send our thoughts and prayers to the workers and their loved ones. Our lawyers understand the life-changing impacts of oil rig and gas rig accidents, and we are dedicated to helping injured workers and their families pursue the financial security they need to cope with medical expenses and move forward with their lives.

We welcome you to call us at 866-510-0580 or contact us online if you or a loved one was affected by this or a similar incident.

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