ABILENE, Texas - A pipeline accident Friday in Borden County left 20-year-old Coby Stinson of Colorado City dead, and his twin without her other half.
"I just knew it wasn't just bad, but that he was gone. I just had a feeling ... I could feel that from him," said Coby's twin sister, Courtney Stinson.
Coby graduated from Westbrook High School in 2016. During his time there, he was very involved in track, football, and golf. Following graduation, Coby immediately went to working in construction and Courtney went to Angelo State University.
"He was loving his job, he loved his job in pipelining, and I was so angry and sad, and I'll never forget that feeling," says Courtney.
The accident happened while Coby was working for Keystone Pipeline Construction. A water line burst due to built up pressure and Coby was struck by debris.
"I don't know if I was mad at God. I don't know if I was mad at myself, the company, I don't know, just that it happened," said Coby’s mother, Allison Stinson.
Growing up, Courtney says it was always just "Coby and Courtney."
"I don't know how to be apart. I don't know how to be the only one," Courtney said.
The twins are described as miracle babies. Through in vitro fertilization, Coby and Courtney were born February 4, 1997 to Allison and Joe Stinson.
"Kids were all I ever wanted and I just couldn't live my life without having kids, and we did," Allison said.
The funeral service for Coby will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of Christ in Colorado City. Coby will be carried to the Colorady City cemetery in his own truck because it was very dear to him, according to his family.
"I just want my son back but I know that's not possible," Allison said.
Here is the obituary:
Coby Lane Stinson, 20, of Colorado City, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 9, 2017. He and his twin sister were born February 4, 1997, in San Angelo, TX to Joe and Allison Stinson. Coby spent most of his life in Colorado City, graduating in 2016 from Westbrook High School where he was a regional qualifier for the track team, and played football and golf. After school Coby went to work for Bartlett-Cocke Construction based out of Austin for a year before going to work at Keystone Pipeline out of Coahoma where he worked for the past two to three months as a pipeliner.
An investigation is underway following an accident on Friday at a Borden County oilfield that left a 20-year-old man dead.
Coby Stinson was pronounced dead at Scenic Mountain Medical Center after he was taken there by Scurry County EMS, according to Borden County Sheriff Benny Allison.
At about 4:25 p.m., Scurry County officials received a call after workers with the Keystone Pipeline Construction company were working on the end of a waterline when it burst due to built up pressure.
As it came loose, a piece of the line struck Stinson. Allison said the case is an open investigation.
Man killed in West Texas accident
Water line bursts in Borden County causing death of 20-year-old worker
13 Jun 2017 20:00 GMT
A worker was killed in an oilfield accident in West Texas last week after a water line burst during construction.
The man, identified as 20-year-old Coby Stinson, was an employee of Midland-based Keystone Pipeline Construction, according to the Borden County Sheriff's Office.
Stinson was working on a water pipeline last Friday afternoon when the line "pressured up and a piece came loose and struck him", Sheriff Benny Allison told Upstream. Stinson was transported to a nearby hospital where he died.
The accident occured 70 to 80 miles north-east of Midland near the town of Vealmoor in an area where oil and gas drilling and production takes place, Allison said. He could not confirm the name of the site operator.
A Keystone Pipeline representative was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday.
The water line was carrying a fluid that was "not freshwater", Allison said. The incident caused "a large discharge" of fluid, but there was no apparent environmental damage.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.