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Gas contractor walks away from wreck

A pickup-truck driver apparently doing contract work at a gas well pad escaped injury Tuesday evening when his vehicle went off a road and 60 feet down an embankment south of Silt.After the accident, the Colorado State Patrol cited Samuel G. Lamorie, 39, of Green River, Wyo.State Patrol Sgt. Rich Duran said Lamorie was driving his 1991 Ford F-350 up a hill on County Road 326 when he failed to negotiate a right curve and went off the left side. The vehicle struck a fence and went off the side, rolling onto its roof before coming to rest upside down. Duran said he thinks the primary cause of the accident was excessive speed around the curve.The truck landed in a private canyon owned by Oni Butterfly, who lives on the canyon rim.Jim Felton, investor relations manager for Bill Barrett Corp., said Lamorie apparently was a subcontractor at a Barrett drilling site in the area. He said Barrett would work with Butterfly to repair any damage to her land, and would look at placing signs and barricades on the curve.Butterfly said two other vehicles have gone off the road in the same place in recent years. Neither incident involved drilling-related traffic, and neither resulted in injuries.However, she said she’s worried about vehicles going too fast at that spot, particularly with the amount of drilling-related traffic using the road.”If it’s a big truck and it’s a gas truck, the whole canyon’s going to explode,” she said.She said the sooner Barrett makes that part of the road safer, the better. “There’s just too many accidents waiting to happen on that curve, and on that hill,” she said.Felton said Barrett requires that its employees and contractors behave properly out of respect for neighbors – including keeping down vehicle speeds.”Saving five minutes on a trip to a well or into town, it’s not worth it for us. No one’s above the rules,” he said.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. 516dwebb@postindependent.com


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