Odessa Man Killed in Oil Rig Accident

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

LYNN COUNTY, TX – An Odessa man has died and two others were injured after an oil rig accident in Lynn County.

Lynn County Investigators tell NewsWest 9, they responded to the call around 2:40 a.m. Friday morning about 8 miles east of O'Donnell near FM 2053 and County Road BB.

30-year-old Francis Howard Pratt from Odessa was pronounced dead on the scene.

Two other men were also injured. 33-year-old Jeffrey Lee Mayfield of Odessa was transported to a Lubbock hospital and 49-year-old Troy Lee Mutter of Roswell, New Mexico, suffered only minor injuries.

Investigators said the workers were working on a pipe when some of the safety lines broke. Pressure was released from the lines and hit Pratt.

The Sheriff's Office says the rig is run by Breck Operating out of Andrews. The workers were from O'Ryan Drilling out of Odessa.

OSHA is investigating the accident.