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1 killed, 1 injured in Lea County oil field explosion

Published: Mar. 12, 2015 at 2:28 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 10, 2015 at 2:29 AM CDT
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LEA COUNTY, NM (KCBD) - One oil field worker has been killed and another has been seriously injured in an oil field accident in Jal, New Mexico.

It happened around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Lea County Sheriff's Office tells us Rusty Harrison James was killed in the explosion. Another worker, Tyler Winter, sustained injuries to his chest, torso, and right leg and was air lifted to Lubbock for treatment.

Sheriff's Office representatives tell us the workers were loading oil field related materials into perforated pipe which was being installed into the drilling pipe when an explosion occurred. The victims were injured by metal and shrapnel, but there was no fire associated with the explosion.

The oil field site belonged to Mesquite SWD out of Carlsbad, NM and the company working on the site was Warrior Wireline. Both of the victims worked for Warrior Wireline. The investigation is continuing at this time.

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