Dover Magby, 49, of Dexter, died as the result of an accident at a United Drilling site in southern Chaves County. The accident occurred around 6:20 a.m. on Nov. 17.
Eddy County Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Zuniga reported: “According to our preliminary investigations, Magby was crushed by equipment at the well site.”
Officials believe that Magby was standing between two mud bins which are used to transport oil field mud by rail from the mud pit. Officials are still trying to ascertain how the incident occurred. Zuniga said that there were witnesses to the accident.
Magby, an employee of Closed Loop Specialties, was taken to Artesia General Hospital and died some time later. The official cause of death was listed as severe head trauma. He was buried in Carlsbad on Saturday.