Rick Williams, 59, a longtime resident of Silverton,
died Sunday morning, Nov. 17 while trying to rescue
a fellow miner at the Revenue-Virginius Mine in
Two miners were killed and 20 injured in an accident at the Revenue-Virginius Mine south of Ouray Sunday morning, Nov. 17, according to the Ouray County Sheriff's Office.
The incident was reported at about 7:20 a.m.
Killed were Nick Cappanno, 33, of Montrose, and Rick Williams, 59, of Durango. Williams, a former long-time resident of Silverton, was a 1972 graduate of Silverton High School.
Cause of death has been ruled carbon monoxide poisoning.
At least two Silverton miners were among the injured — Ken Jenkins, 53, and Mike Luther, 58.
All of the injured miners have since been released from the hospital.
A preliminary report issued by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration on Monday said that Cappanno entered “an area of the mine where an explosive had been previously detonated. When he did not emerge, the shift foreman (Williams) went in to search for him. Eventually they were both found by other miners working in the area, and those miners immediately evacuated the mine.”
for Nick Cappanno
Visitation for family and close friends of Nick Cappanno will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Grace Community Church, 16731 Woodgate Road in Montrose. Public visitation will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, also at Grace Community Church.
A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, also at Grace. Cremation will take place after the service.
Services Nov. 29
for Rick Williams
Funeral for Rick Williams will be on Friday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Greenmount Cemetery in Durango, with a gathering immediately afterward at the Durango Community Recreation Center.
A memorial fund for the family has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank.
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