Accident at West Texas drilling rig leaves 2 workers dead

DENVER CITY, Texas (AP) — Authorities say two workers have died following a drilling rig accident in West Texas.

Yoakum County Sheriff Donald Corzine said Friday that investigators are trying to determine if weather was a factor.

Corzine says the two men were at a Norton Energy Drilling site near Denver City on Wednesday when there was some type of mechanical accident. The sheriff had no additional details on what went wrong. He says recent heavy rain had left the site muddy.

The sheriff says one worker died at the scene. The other received medical attention but later died. Names of the victims weren’t immediately released.

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Federal investigators will review the accident.

An attorney for Lubbock-based Norton Energy Drilling didn’t immediately return a message for comment.

Denver City is 75 miles southwest of Lubbock.