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Oil well explosion kills two workers, injures nine in West Texas
Oil well explosion kills two workers, injures nine in West Texas

Two oil well workers died and nine suffered minor cuts and bruises Wednesday after a high-pressure explosion in a West Texas county that is lightly populated but richly saturated with oil. The two bodies were found about 20 feet from a wellhead that was being replaced, Loving County Sheriff Billy Hopper told The Times. The blast did not trigger a fire. The sheriff identified the dead as Amos B. Ortega, 46, of Artesia, N.M., and Roberto Andrade Magdaleno, 41, of El Paso. Their deaths bring the number of workers killed in Loving County's oilfields to seven since 2006, he said. Ortega and Magdalena were among about a dozen workers at the site as independent contractors for RKI...

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