Mentone, Texas • A buildup of pressure caused an explosion as workers were changing a wellhead Wednesday at a West Texas oil field, killing two of them and injuring nine others, a sheriff said.
Loving County Sheriff Billy Hopper said authorities received an emergency call before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday about the explosion some 60 miles southeast of Carlsbad, N.M.
The two workers who were killed died at the scene, he said. Their names have not been released. Hopper said he did not know the extent of the injuries for the nine who were hurt.
It was not clear Wednesday which company operates the oil field, he said.