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Victim in Mead well site accident died from a blunt force head injury

The victim from Thursday’s well site accident near Mead died from the injuries he sustained on the job, the Weld County’s Coroner’s Office reported Friday.

Matthew Smith, 36, of Brighton, died Thursday morning of blunt force trauma to the head after a high-pressure water valve ruptured at an Anadarko Petroleum Corp. well site in southwest Weld County. Smith, a Halliburton employee, was trying to heat a frozen water line with two coworkers at the time of the accident.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Related: One dead following fracking accident near Mead

Smith was struck by a stream of water with an estimated pressure of 3,500 to 4,500 psi.

Fire hoses typically operate between 50 and 100 psi.

Smith’s coworkers, Thomas Sedlmayr, 48, and Grant Casey, 28, were taken to nearby hospitals with serious injuries. Sedlmayr was taken to Denver Health Medical Center by helicopter.

Casey was transported by ambulance to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland.

Sedlmayr remained hospitalized Friday in serious condition, Denver Health spokeswoman Kayla Vigil said. Casey was discharged Thursday, MCR spokesman Dan Weaver said.


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