EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSOne Of Five Workers Injured In Doddridge Drilling Explosion Dies
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Reported: Jul. 24, 2013 11:16 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 24, 2013 2:28 PM EDT
New Milton, Doddridge County , West Virginia
Antero Resources said one of the five workers burned in a July 7 explosion at a West Virginia drilling operation has died.
Vice President Al Schopp said Tommy Paxton worked for one of the three subcontractors at the site near New Milton in Doddridge County, but he wouldn't say which one.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office said Paxton died Tuesday in the burn unit of West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh. The 45-year-old was from Walton.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported Paxton's death.
State and federal investigators and an independent team hired by Colorado-based Antero Resources are still investigating what caused methane gas to ignite as work was wrapping up on the Hinterer 1H well.
The site remained idle Wednesday.
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