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2 killed in oilfield accident

June 13, 2011

Two Big Spring men were killed Saturday morning in an oilfield incident near Lamesa in Dawson County, the result of an accident on a Robinson Drilling Company platform.

Jason Bolt, 25, and Sandy Daves, 28, were killed when bushings on the oil rig they were working on failed, according to members of the victims' families.

Robinson drilling has been plagued by a number of oilfield accidents during the past year. In June of 2010, two Robinson Drilling employees were rushed to Midland Memorial Tuesday following an accident at a oil derrick located 10 miles north of Midland in Glasscock County. According to officials with Robinson Drilling, neither man sustained life threatening injuries in the accident.

In April 2010, William Ryan Locke, 35, died following an oil rig drilling accident at a location between Midland and Gardendale. Locke was believed to have been working from a ladder on the drilling rig when a piece of high pressure pipe broke away, releasing enough pressure in the Big Spring man's direction to knock him from the ladder and platform.

According to Bolt's family members, the Saturday accident is being investigated by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration).

Services for Bolt are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Services for Daves are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.

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