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Oil rig accident claims life of Big Spring man

June 20, 2013

A Big Spring man was killed Wednesday morning when a portion of the drilling rig he was working on southwest of the city collapsed, according to local law enforcement officials.

Felipe Saiz, 40, of Big Spring was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, located at an oil drilling rig north of Rockhouse Road.
Saiz was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Benny Green, according to law enforcement officials.

“The accident was reported at approximately 10:15 a.m.,” Sheriff Stan Parker said. “Deputies with the Howard County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the oil rig. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a portion of the drilling rig had collapsed, killing one person.”

According to Parker, the drilling rig is owned by Heartland Drilling, based out of Abilene, Texas. By Wednesday afternoon, a large crane could be seen at the drilling site, attempting to hoist the collapsed portion of the rig.

According to emergency personnel at the scene, the derrick portion of the structure — located near the top of the rig — collapsed during the accident, killing Saiz.

Parker said a second man was transported to the emergency room at Scenic Mountain Medical Center following the accident for unrelated injuries.

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