Mechanic’s death ruled accidental

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, August 10, 2013

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The Dallas County Medical Examiners Office has ruled the death of a Chico man in an explosion at Bridgeport Tank Trucks last month accidental.

The report released earlier this week says an autopsy was performed on Jose Jesus Landeros, 50, following his death on July 24 while working on a tank trailer at his place of employment. The cause of death was ruled “blunt force and thermal injuries.”

The exact task that Landeros was performing at the time of the explosion has not been released, pending an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Landeros was employed at Bridgeport Tank Trucks as a mechanic and was working at the back of a tank trailer when the blast occurred just before 8 a.m. that Wednesday. Ronald Holley, president and CEO of Bridgeport Tank Trucks, said in an earlier interview that Landeros was performing a task he had done “multiple times” in the course of his normal work.

The explosion could have been caused from fumes inside the tank that ignited, according to Bridgeport Police Chief Randy Singleton, triggering the blast that blew off the hatch at the back of the trailer.

Landeros was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Terri Johnson, who ordered the autopsy.

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