Men allegedly burned in explosion sue EQT Production

By Joel Brakken | Sep 5, 2013

CLARKSBURG - Two men have filed suit after they were allegedly severely burned after a gas well explosion.

Texas residents Austin Montgomery and Brent Morrow filed a lawsuit Aug. 28 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia against EQT Production Co., citing negligence, negligent hiring, training and supervision, premises liability and violations of federal, state and local regulations.

They are also seeking punitive damages.

Montgomery and Morrow were working as flowback employees at a gas well near West Union. Both men were instructed to remove pools of liquid around an active well site when the liquid ignited, setting off an explosion and fire that engulfed the area, the suit says.

As a result of the explosion, Montgomery suffered a coma and extensive third-degree burns covering his body, the suit says. Morrow suffered extensive burn injuries requiring skin grafts to both legs, according to the brief.

Montgomery and Morrow are seeking an undetermined amount of damages.

They are being represented by R. Scott Marshall of The Nemeroff Law Firm in Dallas.

United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia Civil Action No. 1:13-cv-196

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