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No Answers in Fatal Corpus Christi Pipeline Explosion After 10 Days

It’s been 10 days since the August 21, 2020 Corpus Christi Ship Channel explosion that claimed 4 workers’ lives—and there are still no definite answers regarding its cause.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the accident, which involved a dredging vessel owned by Orion Marine Group, the Waymon L Boyd. Initial reports indicate that the dredge struck a submerged pipeline, causing a massive explosion. The Waymon L Boyd caught fire, broke apart, and sank, and the fire spread to a nearby grain elevator.

Eight workers were injured after the dredging vessel struck the pipeline. Six were taken to local hospitals and two were treated at the scene. Four others were reported missing.

Two of the missing workers’ bodies were recovered on August 22nd, after which the U.S. Coast Guard suspended search and recovery efforts. The bodies of the last two missing workers were discovered two days later when a portion of the Waymon L Boyd was recovered from the middle of the channel during salvage operations.

The Effects of the Dredge Collision & Explosion

This pipeline explosion claimed four lives and injured six others. About 1,600 gallons of diesel fuel had to be removed from the water in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Although initial reports indicated that the submerged pipeline was properly marked by visible aids that were meant to prevent a vessel like the Waymon from striking it, there have been no new updates from the NTSB or Orion.

Injured workers and the families of those who were lost in this tragic incident have no solid answers and no understanding of what caused the collision in the first place. Was it an act of carelessness? Overlooked safety regulations? Defective equipment? Until its cause is determined, these victims will be left wondering.

At Arnold & Itkin, we’re committed to the pursuit of justice for people who have been injured or have lost loved ones in catastrophes like the one that rocked Corpus Christi 10 days ago. We do not rest until we find answers for our clients, as evidenced by our results—results that include billions of dollars in recoveries for the injured and wronged.

We will continue to follow this story as details emerge. If you were affected by this incident, please know that we are here to help. You can call us at (888) 493-1629 anytime for a free, private consultation.