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Jury Awards $20M to Families of Two Rig Workers Killed in Quinton Gas Well Explosion

U.S. Chemical Safety Board

A jury awarded plaintiffs $20 million Tuesday in a wrongful death lawsuit over a 2018 gas well explosion in Quinton.

The families Josh Ray and Cody Risk, two of five rig workers killed in the explosion, will receive $10 million each.

The jury found four different companies partially responsible, and the money awarded will be split among them accordingly, with Red Mountain and Crescent Consulting paying 60%, Patterson UTI 30%, and National Oilwell Varco 10%.

The jury's $20 million award is the largest in Pittsburg County history.

Families of the other three workers — Matt Smith, Parker Waldridge and Roger Cunningham — have also filed lawsuits.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.