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Three Men Killed in Upton County Oil Rig Explosion

On Tuesday morning, some kind of oil rig explosion happened in north Upton County off of FM 2401. The Upton County Sheriff's office tells NewsWest 9, three people died. Although officials have not released the names, family members told NewsWest 9 Rojelio Salgado, Arturo Martinez Sr. and Arturo Martinez Jr. were killed.
By Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

UPTON COUNTY: On Tuesday morning, some kind of oil rig explosion happened in north Upton County off of FM 2401.

The Upton County Sheriff's office tells NewsWest 9, three people died. Although officials have not released the names, family members told NewsWest 9 Rojelio Salgado, Arturo Martinez Sr. and Arturo Martinez Jr. were killed. We're told all three men were related. Officials say there was a fourth man on site but he was not transported. They were all working for Mason, a pulling unit company, that was contracted by Parsley Energy.

"Right now everything is in the preliminary stages. We don't know exactly what happened. We don't know what caused the explosion," Dusty Kilgore, Investigator with the Upton County Sheriff's Office, said.