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Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 10:43 pm | Updated: 3:16 pm, Tue Jun 4, 2013.

MYTON -- A man was killed after an explosion on a well site near Myton Tuesday night, the Uintah County Sheriff's Department reported.

Cpl. Brian Fletcher said Tyson Boren, 28, of Neola, was killed when a tank exploded. Boren was a contract welder doing work for Newfield. He worked for Boren Construction.

Rusty Harris, 32, was treated at Uintah Basin Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries, Fletcher said.

A third man on scene was a water truck driver and he was uninjured, Fletcher said.

Keith Schmidt, spokesman for Newfield, said company officials were currently assessing the situation. The fire happened during routine maintenance operations, Schmidt said.

“It truly is a tragedy, and our thoughts go out to the family (of Boren),” Schmidt said.

Fletcher said work was being done on a 400 barrel tank, operated by Newfield Production, about 8:30 p.m. May 7 when the incident happened.

The tank held oil and condensates, Schmidt said. It was part of the company’s Greater Monument Butte production area, he said.

The investigation is ongoing, with the Sheriff's Department, state fire marshal and OSHA conducting a joint investigation. Schmidt said a finding of the cause of the fire would take at least several days.


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