Two Die, 1 Hurt in Oil Field Mishap

Monday, August 25, 2014 @ 04:08 PM gHale


An oil field accident in northern Mitchell County, Texas, killed two men and sent a third to a Lubbock hospital Wednesday afternoon.

Mitchell County Sheriff Patrick Toombs said a crew was moving a pump jack to a new location when a cable from the winch truck hit a power line. The incident happened eight miles northwest of Westbrook, TX.

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Laban Michael Robokoff, 24, and Harvey Ray McKinney, 35, both died after a cable from the winch truck came in contact with a power line, said Sheriff Patrick Toombs.

McKinney’s brother, Steven Ray McKinney, 32, suffered an injury. Emergency personnel flew him to a Lubbock hospital. Toombs said he is improving and will “probably be released this week.”

The men worked for Midland-based Rayco Pumping Unit Service.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident.



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