No cause found for ignition of fatal Durango gas site blast

Colorado News

DURANGO, Colo. — Investigation agencies in Colorado have not determined what ignited a natural gas well site explosion last year that killed a 47-year-old worker.

The Durango Herald reported Tuesday that Randy Yellowman was working as a contracted truck driver when his body was found by ranchers after an explosion at a well pad south of Durango in January 2019.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined his employer more than $10,000 this summer for safety violations that the agency said likely led to his death. The companies involved either did not return calls or declined to comment. Yellowman’s family declined to comment.

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