Oilfield Accident Victim Identified As Louisiana Man

POWERS LAKE, N.D. — The man who died over the weekend in an accident at a drilling rig site was identified today as Coby Thibodeaux, 35, Eunice, La., the Burke County Sheriff’s Office said.

Thibodeaux died as a result of injuries he suffered when a payloader backed over him, authorities said. The incident happened about 12:20 p.m. Saturday at an Oasis Petroleum well site near County Road 11 and 90th Street Northwest near Powers Lake.

Thibodeaux was engaged to be married and had three daughters, according to an online obituary in Louisiana.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating. It was reported to OSHA that Thibodeaux worked for Drilling Solutions, said Eric Brooks, area director of the Bismarck OSHA office.

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