Two workers died last Wednesday in an industrial incident south of Malaga, New Mexico, said officials at the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office.
Nicholas D. Gerberich, 28, of Roswell, and Storm Hutchins, 24, of Carlsbad, were found unconscious and not breathing on the ground by deputies at a Concho Resources lease location, said Capt. Matt Hutchinson, Eddy County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson. He said the location was at South Country Road and U.S. Highway 285.
Medical personnel responded to the scene and both men were pronounced dead, said officials at the Sheriff’s Office. Hutchins and Gerberich died from and apparent electrocution, officials said.
The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office wrapped up an initial investigation, Hutchinson said.
He said the bodies of both men were sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI) at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque for an autopsy.
Hutchinson said final determination on cause of death could be made once the Sheriff’s Office receives an official report from OMI. He didn’t have a timeline on when the OMI would conclude their investigation.
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) was investigating the incident, said Spokesperson Maddy Hayden.
She couldn’t release any preliminary information. “Our people are conducting interviews,” Hayden said.
After learning of the accident, Concho officials began an internal review, company officials said.
“We were deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of two individuals employed by a contractor working at one of our field sites in Eddy County, New Mexico,” said a Concho Resources spokesperson in a release.
“The health and safety of our employees and others with whom we work is of paramount importance to Concho, and our thoughts are with the individuals’ friends, families and colleagues.
“We are cooperating fully with the appropriate authorities,” the release said.