Man critically injured at Killdeer drill site

A male oil rig worker was critically injured Sunday after being struck by a drilling rig’s component at an oil drilling site near the Killdeer Mountains.

By BRYCE MARTIN

Herald Editor

Updated March 29, 2013

KILLDEER — A male oil rig worker was critically injured Sunday after being struck by a drilling rig’s component at an oil drilling site near the Killdeer Mountains.

The man, whose name and age was undisclosed by authorities, immediately was airlifted from the scene by North Star Air Service to Trinity Hospital in Minot, where he was listed as being in critical condition, Dunn County Sheriff Deputy Ron McCloud said, who responded to the scene.

The incident occurred around 4:10 p.m., after a heavy object, thought to be the traveling block component of the oil rig, reportedly struck the man’s body, McCloud said.

“His back – he was all black and blue from underneath his arms all the way down. I think I heard something about a broken leg, but I can’t verify that either,” he said.

The specific location of the oil drill site also was undisclosed by McCloud.

Information of the incident was not released to the victim’s family per the man’s wishes, McCloud said. Trinity Hospital would not release information regarding the man.

Contact Bryce Martin at bmartin@countrymedia.net.


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