Tragic accident leaves two Oklahomans dead

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COAL COUNTY, Okla. – Two Oklahomans are dead after a tragic accident.

The Coalgate Police Chief told KTEN there was an explosion and fire around 1:30 a.m. Friday at an oil rig near Coalgate.

According to Juan Rodriguez with the U.S. Department of Labor, initial reports indicate that during drilling, a fire occurred.

Two employees were killed and three others were injured.

The Medical Examiner identified the two people killed as 26-year-old Gary Keenen of Ada and 27-year-old Kelsey Bellah of Tulsa.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the explosion.


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