CO Oil Worker Hurt in Tank Blast

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 @ 12:10 PM gHale

An oil tank worker is on life support after an oil battery explosion in Briggsdale, CO, Saturday.

Dillon Dreher, 23, has been in a medically induced coma ever since the incident with several surgeries planned for the next few weeks.

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Dreher has worked for two years for Greeley-based Element Services. He had been working on an oil battery when stray oil inside ignited.

The explosion injured three workers, one of them saved Dreher’s life.

“He saw Dillon on the floor with his head in the dirt, and he was on fire,” said Derae Caro, Dreher’s girlfriend. “He threw Dillon over his shoulder and brought him to the end of the road.

Dreher suffered second and third-degree burns over 60 percent of his body. Dreher had been using old equipment when the explosion

Element wouldn’t comment on the accident, but said, “Our immediate concern is with Dillon and his family.”



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