Man dies at local oil field site

October 30, 2013

A 33-year-old Shackelford County man died Tuesday afternoon at an oil well site in southeastern Nolan County.
Sheriff David Warren said that were three men working on a pulling unit at a lease approximately 26 miles southeast of Sweetwater and just east of Highway 153 in Nolan County. According to the co-workers, the deceased man began feeling dizzy and fell to the ground. They turned him over and immediately called 9-1-1 for medical assistance. Sweetwater Fire Department, Nolan County Sheriff’s Office and a Texas DPS Trooper responded to the call.
Nolan County Justice of the Peace, Sharon Gardner pronounced the man deceased at 3:25 p.m. The original 9-1-1 call came in at about 2:33 p.m. The original call indicated a possibility of H2S (hydrogen sulfide) poisonous gas as a cause, but that was discounted by the first responders (fire and EMS) from Sweetwater Fire Department. Sweetwater Fire Department Chief Grant Madden and his personnel used H2S detectors immediately upon arriving at the scene. H2S was not detected at the site and the likely cause of death will be natural causes.
The man was identified as Joseph Floyd McCommas III, age 33, of Moran, Texas. Notification of next of kin has been made. The three men were working for Snyder Drilling Company out of Albany, Texas.
Mr. McCommas’ body will be sent to Lubbock for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death, but there are no indications of foul play and this appears to be a health related incident.

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