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Worker dies in drilling accident

Associated Press • Feb 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM


Carroll County Sheriff Dale Williams said it happened Monday afternoon at a gas drilling rig near Carrolton, southeast of Canton.

The injured man, 21-year-old Alex Cox, told the sheriff that he and the other victim were using drilling equipment and hadn't hooked up a safety line designed to keep it from swinging around and striking workers.

The dead man's name hasn't been released.

Cox fell backward and suffered a severe laceration to the back of his head.

Media reports said the rig is owned by R.E. Gas Development, a subsidiary of Rex Energy Corp.

The investigation is continuing.

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