Contractor found dead in railroad tank car in New Mexico

New Mexico

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.

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