Dexter man dies in freak accident

July 16, 2011 • Local News

The remnants of a barn on Thompson Camp, Dexter, Friday. (Mark Wilson Photo)

A Dexter man was killed Thursday night after a severe gust of wind blew the roof off his barn and stuck him in the chest, authorities say. He died shortly afterward at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center.

Chaves County Sheriff Rob Coon said William Thompson, 69, was walking outside on his property, Thompson Camp on Old Chisum Trail in Dexter, between an old white barn and several horse corrals when a microburst, or a column of sinking air similar to a tornado, struck the area around 6:30 p.m., and blew the tin roof off the barn. A large piece of metal struck Thompson, doing “major damage to his chest.”

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