An oil field worker from the east Texas city of Tyler was killed Thursday on a job site near Seagraves, a small town southwest of Lubbock, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported.

James Croft, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene of an industrial accident where K&L Oilfield Demolition was taking down structures at Venture Chemicals, according to the Terry County Sheriff Larry Gilbreath.

Venture manufactures drilling fluids for the oil and gas industry.

The Sheriff described Thursday’s death as “an unfortunate accident,” according to the Amarillo Globe News.

Croft was operating an excavator when his coworkers were attempting to take down a silo tank, the report said.

The silo tank fell prematurely and landed on croft and his equipment.

Dispatchers were called to the site around 1:00 pm on reports of an accident.

When deputies arrived, they discovered a silo cylindrical tank had fallen on Croft.

Venture Chemicals and K&L Oil Field Demolition haven’t commented.

Croft is survived by his wife and five children, a coworker told KETK News.


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