Oilfield deaths under investigation in SE New Mexico

New Mexico authorities are still investigating an oil drilling accident that left two men dead last week in the state’s Permian Basin area.

Eddy County sheriff’s officers say Nicholas D. Gerberich, 28, of Roswell and Storm Hutchins, 24, of Carlsbad were found lying unconscious on the ground.


Sheriff Mark Cage said the deaths happened at a Concho Resources lease location and emergency medical service personnel pronounced both workers dead at the scene.

The county sheriff’s office is still working to determine what happened.

“There are numerous hazards. There are high powerlines. There is moving machinery, heavy equipment, poisonous gases. It can be dangerous for people working there and people traveling through that area,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were also on scene.

Source: Associated Press