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Apr 30, 2014 10:14 AM by MTN News

Glasgow man dies while working in ND oil fields

BILLINGS - Details are emerging about a Montana man who was killed while working in the North Dakota oil fields.

Glasgow residents report that Zach Buckles, 21, was killed early Monday while working in McKenzie County.

Vice President of Public Relations for Continental Resources Kristin Miskovsky confirmed Tuesday there was a fatality, but this person was not employed by the company.

Continental contracts other companies to conduct jobs, but Miskovsky did not have the name of the company the person was working for at the time of the accident.

Miskovsky could not confirm the name of the person who was killed.

The worker who died was a "flow test hand," and was conducting a test at the time of his death, Miskovsky said.

Continental said H2S gas, which is known to have taken the lives of several oil field workers, did not play a role in the death.

Law enforcement and safety authorities were immediately called to the scene.

McKenzie County investigators and OSHA officials were unavailable on Tuesday to confirm details of the fatality.

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