Abilene Man Killed in Lea County Oilfield Accident

Staff Report
The Associated Press

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A 25-year-old Abilene, Texas, man has died after falling 90 feet from an oil rig west of Lovington in southeastern New Mexico.

Lea County sheriff Maj. Mark Hargrove identifies him as Joseph Flores.

Hargrove says Flores went to grab a piece of pipe and fell.

He says Flores worked for Union Drilling of Abilene.

The sheriff's office said Flores was declared dead at the scene Tuesday afternoon.

His body was sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque for an autopsy.