CARLSBAD, N.M. (Carlsbad Current-Argus) — An oil refining company says a man from Marshall, Texas has died in a possible industrial accident while performing an inspection on a railroad tank car in southeastern New Mexico.
The Carlsbad Current-Argus reported that Marathon Petroleum Corporation identified the man as 49-year-old Cody B. Vernon.
He was pronounced dead Tuesday by medical personnel at the Marathon Rio Hub Rail Terminal in Loving.
Company spokesperson Jamal T. Kheiry said Vernon was a contractor performing an inspection on the tank car.
A second contractor, who remained unnamed, called emergency responders.
Capt. Matt Hutchinson said his body was sent to Albuquerque for an autopsy. An investigation is ongoing.