Santa Paula man killed at area ranch after water pipe explodes

February 11, 2004
Santa Paula News

A Santa Paula man died shortly after a water pipe he was trying to fix exploded, according to the Ventura County Medical Examiner-Coronerís Office spokesman.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesA Santa Paula man died shortly after a water pipe he was trying to fix exploded, according to the Ventura County Medical Examiner-Coronerís Office spokesman.Jose Luis Huizar, 37, was killed Friday after he and two co-workers from Somis Pacific Ag Management, Inc. attempted to fix a broken 4 1/2 inch water pipe on Pepper Tree Canyon Road, two miles north of Foothill Drive in Santa Paula.Huizar was gravely injured when the pipe exploded as he checked the water gauge pressure, according to Senior Deputy Medical Examiner Mitch Breese.
After being treated on scene by EMTs, Huizar was airlifted by helicopter to Ventura County Medical Center where he died Friday night of multiple blunt force injuries.The coronerís office determined that the incident was an accident, and Cal-OSHA responded to the scene as part of its investigation.Cal-OSHA expects to release a report on the incident in about six weeks.The Ventura County Medical Examiner-Coronerís Office was still gathering personal information about Huizar at press deadline on Monday.



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