UPDATE: One Worker Killed, One Hurt in New Mexico Oil Field Explosion

UPDATE: One Worker Killed, One Hurt in New Mexico Oil Field Explosion

Staff Report
Associated Press/NewsWest 9

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - An explosion at a New Mexico oil field site has killed one worker and injured another.

Authorities say preliminary information indicates the workers were loading material into perforated pipe being installed into a drilling pipe in southern Lea County when the blast occurred Wednesday.

The sheriff's office says metal debris from the explosion struck the victims.

Officials have confirmed that Rusty Harrison James, who was in his early 40's, was killed in the explosion. One other worker, Tyler Winters, was injured and airlifted to Lubbock for treatment.

It's not yet known what caused the blast and the sheriff's department says an investigation is underway.

There was no fire following the explosion.