Victim in August Ackerly oil well explosion dies - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Victim in August Ackerly oil well explosion dies

ACKERLY, TX (KCBD) - One of the victims has died from his injuries sustained in an oil well explosion in August. Abel Garcia, of Lamesa, sustained burns on up to 80 percent of his body.

The second victim, Fernando Zamora, remains in critical condition at the burn unit of University Medical Center.

The explosion happened on August 19th about 20-miles south of Lamesa near Ackerly, which is about 83-miles south of Lubbock. Martin County Sheriff John Woodward said at the time 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 and burned the two men 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.

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