Worker injured in July 7 Antero gas wellpad explosion dies - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

Worker injured in July 7 Antero gas wellpad explosion dies

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Sistersville Woman Crowned Mrs. West Virginia, Will Compete for National Title

    Sistersville Woman Crowned Mrs. West Virginia, Will Compete for National Title

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 4:17 AM EDT2014-07-15 08:17:38 GMT
    A Sistersville mother, wife, and soon-to-be teacher, holds another very impressive title as she gets ready to take on the competition on a national stage.Mrs. West Virginia, Melissa Smith, will compete for the title of "Mrs.United States," in September. Smith travels throughout the state right now helping to push her platform. "Right now, I'm very focused on improving literacy education. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher and I have been traveling throughout West Virginia reading to...
    A Sistersville mother, wife, and soon-to-be teacher, holds another very impressive title as she gets ready to take on the competition on a national stage.Mrs. West Virginia, Melissa Smith, will compete for the title of "Mrs.United States," in September. Smith travels throughout the state right now helping to push her platform. "Right now, I'm very focused on improving literacy education. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher and I have been traveling throughout West Virginia reading to...
  • Federal judge in Martinsburg, West Virginia, sends 10 to prison for violating probation

    Federal judge in Martinsburg, West Virginia, sends 10 to prison for violating probation

    Sunday, July 6 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-07-06 15:00:12 GMT
    Nine Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents and another from Keyser were sentenced to federal prison for breaking the law while they were on supervised release or probation.
    Nine Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents and another from Keyser were sentenced to federal prison for breaking the law while they were on supervised release or probation.

A West Virginia resident has died after he was burned in the July 7 Antero Resources gas wellpad explosion in Doddridge County.

Tommy Paxton, 45, of Walton, W.Va., died the morning of July 23 in the burn unit of West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.

Paxton was flown there with four other workers after the explosion near New Milton in Doddridge County.

The five workers were said at the time to work for three contractors: Nabors Completion and Production Service, C and R Downhole Drilling and Willowbend Investments Inc.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident. Antero has said it has hired two independent companies to determine the cause of the explosion. 

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued a cease operations order on July 12 and also ordered the company to submit a report by July 31 that demonstrates a knowledge and understanding of the cause of the incident.