Two GJ men injured in Utah rig explosion

By: Associated Press & KKCO 11 News Email
By: Associated Press & KKCO 11 News Email

GRAND COUNTY, Utah (KKCO) - Two Grand Junction men are injured after a rig explosion in the Bookcliffs in Grand County, Utah.

Sheriff’s officials say 25–year–old Jeremiah Thurston and Lyle 'Red' Anthony were working a rig in the Horse Point Canyon area when the accident happened.

They say the drill rig was cleaning out a gas well when fumes from a flow-back tank drifted toward the rig motor causing it to rev.

The two men were working toward the motor to turn it off when the fumes ignited around them.

Thurston was airlifted to a burn center in Utah where he is currently listed in critical condition.

Anthony was treated and released at the scene.

OSHA has been notified and will conduct an investigation, but officials say the rig itself wasn’t damaged.

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