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Pipeline blast kills worker near Artesia

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ARTESIA – Authorities say a worker is dead in southeastern New Mexico after a pipeline exploded on an oil field south of Artesia.

Eddy County deputies said 21-year-old Fabian Martinez and three others were in a pit cutting a pipeline and disassembling PVC pipe when the pipeline exploded Wednesday.

Three workers were able to escape, but Martinez was trapped inside the pit by the pipe, KOB-TV reported.

Investigators said Martinez succumbed to the hydrogen gas fumes released in the explosion.

Diversified Oil Field Services said the accident is under investigation.

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