A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed over a natural gas rig explosion in southeastern Oklahoma that killed five men -- three from Oklahoma, one from North Texas and one from Colorado.
The lawsuit by Dianna Waldridge, the widow of 60-year-old Parker Waldridge of Crescent, alleges negligence by Red Mountain Energy and Red Mountain Operating, both of Oklahoma City, and Patterson-UTI Drilling and Patterson-UTI Energy, both of Houston.
Patterson-UTI declined comment in a statement, saying it's committed to preventing future such accidents. Red Mountain President Tony Say referred questions to his attorney, who did not immediately return a phone call for comment.
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The Jan. 23 explosion near Quinton killed Waldridge, Matt Smith of McAlester, and Roger Cunningham of Seminole, Josh Ray of Fort Worth, Texas, and Cody Risk of Wellington, Colorado.