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3 killed in oil field accident in Upton County

Three people were killed in a pulling unit accident in Upton County, according to the Upton County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigator Dusty Kilgore of the Upton County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were assisted by the Rankin Volunteer Fire Department when they arrived at the scene of an explosion that killed three people around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“One person survived,” Kilgore said when asked if other workers were at the scene. That person was not taken to a hospital, he said.

The families have been notified, but Kilgore said the sheriff’s department will not release their names until arrangements have been made for the victims.

The explosion happened off FM 2401, about four miles inside Texas 49, according to Kilgore.

The explosion happened when a pulling unit crew was working on an existing well owned by Parsley Energy of Midland. Kilgore declined to name the company that employed the pulling unit crew, directing that question to Parsley Energy.

Kilgore said he did not have exact statistics for oil field fatalities in Upton County.

“I think the last fatality was the middle of last year, off the top of my head,” Kilgore said.

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This article was written by Karen Michael from Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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