Family of man killed in oil field explosion speaks out

Created: 05/01/2014 6:50 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has learned more about a New Mexico man killed in a Texas oil field explosion.

Wednesday's explosion killed Amos Ortega and another oil worker just south of the New Mexico state line.

A buildup of pressure caused the explosion as workers were changing a wellhead.

The family of 46-year-old Amos Ortega is heartbroken.

“I don’t know, words can’t even begin to explain how hard this is on us,” said Amos’s sister Erica Ortega.  “He was our backbone, he was our everything.”

Ortega leaves behind three children and three grandchildren.

“He would do anything for those kids, anything for his grandchildren," said Erica Ortega.

Ortega was one of two workers killed in an oil rig explosion in Texas, about 60 miles southeast of Carlsbad.

Nine others were injured.

His sister Erica and cousin Leslie Catano say it’s a job Ortega was dedicated to.

“Working hard in the oil fields that why I hardly ever got to see him because he was always working," said Catano.

“He would be gone for 14 days and he would come home for a day or two and hang out with us,” said Erica Ortega. “He was dedicated to his job."

But Ortega’s sister says it was a job that always had her worried about his safety.

“We always used to tell him get a new job, get a new job, he would say no I can’t, I can’t. He was always at work,” said Erica Ortega.  “He was a great worker, a hard worker."

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