One Worker Killed In Oil Well Accident

Friday, July 7th 2006, 6:37 am
By: News On 6

HINTON, Okla. (AP) -- An oil rig accident near Hinton, Oklahoma, has left one worker dead and two others hurt.

Authorities say a malfunction sent pipe careening through the site Thursday.

The well's owned by Dominion Exploration and Production of Oklahoma City and was being drilled by Patterson-UTI Drilling of Snyder, Texas.

Caddo County Undersheriff Walt Brown says the afternoon accident happened at a site near Hinton, about 50 miles west of Oklahoma City. Preliminary reports indicate that piping was being pulled out of the drilling area when a brake gave way, allowing material to fall on the rig platform.

Sheriff Gene Cain identified the injured as Jonathan Jones of Gracemont, Oklahoma, and William Pittman of Hinton.

The sheriff's office later confirmed the name of the dead worker as Andrew Lee Scott of Weatherford, Oklahoma.

Calls to Patterson-UTI's offices in Texas and Oklahoma City weren't immediately returned.