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Goliad man killed in oil field accident in Kenedy County

Sept. 9, 2011 at 4:09 a.m.
Updated Sept. 10, 2011 at 4:10 a.m.


A Goliad man was killed in an oil field accident in Kenedy County on Friday.

Ronnie Wise, 24, of Goliad was killed Friday, Goliad County Sheriff Kirby Brumby said.

Wise's family was notified, Brumby said.

He worked for Liberty Swabbing, of Victoria.

The Kenedy County Sheriff's Office in Riviera is investigating, but has not released any details of the accident at this time.

OSHA spokeswoman Elizabeth Todd said OSHA is also investigating the death. OSHA does not comment on ongoing investigations, Todd said.

The accident occurred on the county line between Willacy and Kenedy counties.

The rig was on a three-year -old gas well drilled into the Frio formation, Texas Railroad Commission spokesperson Ramona Nye said.

OSHA is the lead investigation unit, but the Texas Railroad Commission is also investigating to see if any of their rules were broken, Nye said.

It is still unclear what caused the accident. No other injuries were reported.

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