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February 03, 2012 06:32 AM

SD, TX Men Die In Western ND Oil Patch Incidents

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Men from South Dakota and Texas have died in recent incidents in western North Dakota's oil patch.


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says 38-year-old Richard Ries of Salem, South Dakota, died Jan. 28 when a boiler exploded near Keene, between Watford City and New Town.

On Tuesday, 28-year-old Charles Petty of Hurst, Texas, was pinned between a trenching machine and the ground at a site near New Town. The Mountrail County Sheriff's Office says Petty was revived at the scene but died en route to a Stanley hospital.
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