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Man dies after being pinned by truck in DeWitt County oil field

By Sonny Long
May 11, 2011 at 12:11 a.m.
Updated May 12, 2011 at 12:12 a.m.


A man was killed in an accident in an oil field about five miles northwest of Yorktown Tuesday night.

Jose Gobea-Rodriguez, 30, of Yorktown, died after being pinned between a water truck and metal tank off state Highway 119 near Sunday Lane, said DeWitt County Sheriff Jode Zavesky.

The sheriff said investigation of the accident showed that about 8:30 p.m., the victim appeared to have positioned himself between the one-ton truck and the metal tank in the driver's blind spot as he backed the truck.

Gobea-Rodriguez was taken by Yorktown Emergency Medical Services ambulance to the helipad in Yorktown then transported by helicopter to Citizens Medical Center in Victoria.

Gobea-Rodriguez's body was sent to the Travis County Medical Examiner's office for an autopsy, said the sheriff.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also investigating the accident.

Zavesky said both the victim and the driver worked for D&B Rental, an oil field equipment rental company in Cuero, but the person answering the telephone at the company would not verify their employment. Calls to the owner of the company were unanswered.

No charges are expected to be filed, Zavesky said.

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