HURRICANE — A man died from his injuries following an explosion at the DATS Trucking facility in Hurricane Monday.
Updated Jan. 15, 7 p.m. A family member confirmed the man, Mike Cooper, 25, died at the hospital.
Cooper was a diesel mechanic working inside the facility when the explosion occurred, said Cooper’s sister Jenni Claseman, 20. He was transported to the Dixie Regional Medical Center with head injuries, where he later died, Claseman said.
Hurricane Police responded to the incident at approximately 1 p.m. at the back of the facility, located at 321 N Old Highway 91.
Cooper was replacing a part on a fuel trailer when the explosion occurred, Hurricane Police Officer Ken Thompson said. He was reportedly unconscious after the explosion when coworkers who heard the explosion found him and called 911.
Claseman said she was just leaving the movie theater with her friends when she called her parents and found out that her brother had been in an accident and was in the hospital. She said when Cooper arrived at the hospital, he had no brain activity.
“When I went in to the room to see him, that wasn’t him,” Claseman said. “My brother was amazing… There was not a day that went by that he didn’t make me laugh.”
Several hours later, Claseman said she was sitting in the waiting room at the hospital when the doctors came in told her Cooper had died.
“(Doctors told me) four of the five functions of his brain stem were gone, so he had no functions left and was basically just breathing when he died,” Claseman said.
Thompson said the cause of the explosion is still being investigated.
“As far as what led up to it and what caused it, we’re not sure at this point,” Thompson said of the explosion.
While the explosion did not result in a fire, the pressure of the eruption caused three garage doors to be blown and bent outward, Thompson said, adding that parts of the facility’s ceiling installation were also damaged.
Emergency crews were on scene Monday afternoon tending to the damaged building.
Representatives from DATS Trucking said they were not prepared to comment on the incident when asked by St. George News Monday.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.
St. George News reporter Spencer Ricks contributed to this report.
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