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SD, TX Men Die In Western ND Oil Patch Incidents

February 3, 2012, 6:32 AM

MINOT, ND - 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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