William L. Crabb, 30, Tyler, Texas and Christopher S. Barrios, 29, Chandler, Texas were severely injured in an oil field accident, just south of Charlotte on January 14. Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward reported that the men, who were employed by J-W Wireline Company, were injured in an accident involving a perforating gun used in drilling operations.
The men were airlifted Monday evening and are being treated at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC). A hospital spokesperson reported earlier today to J-W Wireline Company that one of the men remained in critical condition and the other was stable. A third employee was treated at South Texas Regional Medical Center and released with minor injuries.
J-W Wireline Company issued a statement today thanking the local authorities who responded to the incident. The company said that its thoughts and prayers are with their employees and their families at this time. J-W Wireline said that the location was immediately secured and a thorough investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident. That investigation is being handled by OSHA.
The incident occurred at approximately 7:20 p.m. on January 14th at a well location about 16 miles south of Charlotte near CR 343 on a property owned by Valence Operating Company. Valence is headquartered in Kingwood, north of Houston. J-W Wireline said that they will be updating their website www.jwwireline.com about this incident as information becomes available.