Lawsuit over fatal explosion at Okla. refinery

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Associated Press

Posted on September 29, 2013 at 2:32 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two women whose husbands were killed in a boiler explosion at a crude oil refinery in Wynnewood have filed a negligence lawsuit.

The lawsuit filed in Fort Bend County, Texas, by LeeAnna Mann and Kari Smith seeks more than $1 million. It was filed in the Texas county that's headquarters to CVR Energy, the parent company of Wynnewood Refining Co.

The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/18zGJbe ) that CVR Energy vice president for corporate affairs Angie Dasbach declined comment on the lawsuit and called the blast a "tragedy."

The Sept. 28, 2012, explosion killed 45-year-old Russell Mann and 34-year-old Billy Smith. The lawsuit alleges the company was using an outdated boiler that had to be restarted manually instead of a system that would allow employees to restart the boiler from a remote location.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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