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Drilling rig accident in West Texas leaves 1 dead

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RANKIN, Texas (AP) — Officials say an equipment-related drilling rig accident in West Texas has left an oilfield worker dead.

The Upton County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday did not immediately release the name of the man who died.

Investigators say the accident happened Sunday night at a site about 25 miles north of Rankin. Chief Deputy Jason Hazlewood says nobody else was hurt. The victim was dead at the scene.

Further details weren’t immediately available.

Federal safety investigators are also reviewing circumstances of the accident.

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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