Two killed in Eddy County industrial incident

New Mexico News

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Two men are dead after an incident at an oil drilling site in Eddy County.

It happened Wednesday afternoon off of Country Road 722 and US 285. It was an operation run by Concho Resources out of Midland. Eddy County deputies say when they arrived, they found two men identified as Nicholas Gerberich and Strom Hutchins of Carlsbad unconscious and not breathing.

The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office is still working to determine what happened. “There are numerous hazards. There are high powerlines. There is moving machinery, heavy equipment, poisonous gases. It can be dangerous for people working there and people traveling through that area,” the sheriff’s office said.

OSHA investigators were also at the scene. KRQE News 13 reached out to the Concho Resources for more information but have not heard back.

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