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Mysterious Death At Carter County Well Site


CARTER COUNTY, OK -- People in one part of Carter County were on edge Thursday morning after reports of a deadly accident and possible hazardous gas leak at a well site.

Witnesses who live near a well site located just north of Mannsville say it was a scary sight Thursday morning.

"I looked up on top of the green tanks you see over there and there was a guy down," said Rhonda Jackson, who lives on Greasy Bend road, where the site is located.

Workers from the site, operated by XTO, say a man was found unconscious.

Authorities and first responders received various reports of what happened.

"There's some conflicting reports that came in," said OHP Captain Ronnie Hampton. "Initially, it was reported as a truck had overturned and there was a possible fatality inside the truck with the release of h2s gas."

Responders began taking precautions against a leak of hydrogen sulfide.

But Hampton says when first responders met with site officials from XTO, they determined the man had not experienced a work place injury.

"The worker actually had an h2s monitor on his shirt and it had not been activated," said Hampton. "So that allowed everybody to kind of downsize and downgrade."

The site's superintendent says the man was first discovered around 8:30 Thursday morning.

"He was transported to Ardmore for care," said Guy Haykus, senior production superintendent. "Currently the incident is under investigation and the site has been secured."

Later Thursday afternoon, managers from XTO released an update on the man's condition.

"It is with deep regret and sadness to report that we have subsequently learned that the man has passed away," said Mike Todd, XTO regional manager. "The cause of death remains unknown at this time."

"It's awfully scary," said Jackson. "It's awful scary."

Charles Wolfe with Premier Trading and Transportation says the man was a truck driver with the company.

The cause of his death is still unknown.