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Published February 01, 2013, 03:13 PM

Worker Dies in Western North Dakota Oil Patch

A worker in the western North Dakota oil patch has died of injuries suffered in an incident at a rig north of Watford City.

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — A worker in the western North Dakota oil patch has died of injuries suffered in an incident at a rig north of Watford City.

McKenzie County Sheriff Ron Rankin says the 22-year-old man was struck in the chest by a piece of metal hydraulic equipment on Thursday afternoon. Rankin says the man suffered cardiac arrest while being flown to a Bismarck trauma center and was pronounced dead at a Watford City hospital.

Rankin says authorities are not releasing the man's name at the request of his family. He did not know where the man was from or what company he was working for.

The sheriff says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

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