Man killed in oilfield accident in eastern Oklahoma

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PRESTON, Okla. – Authorities say a man has been killed in an oilfield accident in eastern Oklahoma.

The Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Department said Friday that 35-year-old Robert Allen of Cushing died after the oilfield pulling unit he was on collapsed near Preston, about 90 miles east of Oklahoma City.

Sheriff’s investigator Duston Todd said in a news release that Allen was on a tower of the pulling unit owned by Rick’s Well Service when it fell on Thursday.

Pulling units are typically used to make repairs to working oil wells.

A spokesman for the company did not immediately return a phone call for comment.

The sheriff’s office said the company is working with federal investigators to determine the cause of the accident.

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