Names released of two men injured in oil rig explosion - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/20/10

Names released of two men injured in oil rig explosion

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MARTIN COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - The Martin County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the two oil field workers who were severely burned after an explosion Thursday morning.

The names of Fernando Zamora and Abel Garcia were released Friday morning after the victim's families were notified of the accident.

The explosion happened about 20-miles south of Lamesa near Ackerly, which is about 83-miles south of Lubbock. Martin County Sheriff John Woodward said Friday that the men, who work for Midland-based Basic Energy Services, were at the well in a support capacity and didn't know gas was filling the air. Woodward says a fireball erupted Thursday morning and burned the pair after the gas was sucked into the engine intake of a vehicle running at the scene near Ackerly.

Both victims were flown to University Medical Center in Lubbock for treatment. The two men injured in the oil explosion are at the UMC burn unit with burns on up to 80 percent of their bodies. The Martin County Sheriff's Office got a call about an explosion around 7:30 Thursday morning. The two men are listed in critical condition at UMC.

Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, are investigating the well site. The Martin County Sheriff's Office says this was just a bad accident.

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