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‘Freak accident’ kills oil tank worker

Boss said Letcher man, 30, was 'as good as they come'


A preliminary autopsy report lists blunt force trauma to the head as the cause of death of a Letcher man who died Monday afternoon after a “freak accident”.

Timothy Fields, 30, died January 14 after his jacket sleeve got caught in a power take off shaft at the Linefork Compressor Unit, located at 523 Hwy 1103 in Hallie, according to Letcher County Coroner John Cornett. The compressor unit is owned by Kentucky Oil Gathering Corporation, which is based in Beattyville.

Kentucky Oil State Manager Leonard Carl Ross said Fields was unloading crude oil from stock tanks.

Cornett said Fields was backing up his truck to unload crude oil when he got out of the truck to tighten a bolt located underneath the truck.

Cornett said Fields received a skull fracture after he hit his head on the bottom of the truck after his sleeve became entangled in the power take off shaft.

“It pulled him up so fast he hit his head on the truck,” said Cornett.

Cornett pronounced Fields dead at the scene at 2:10 p.m. on January 14.

Ross said Fields had been employed by Kentucky Oil Gathering Corporation for about a month and a half. Ross said Fields was a good employee.

“As good as they come. They don’t come any better,” said Ross. “It’s just a freak accident. I lost a good man.”

Letcher Funeral Home will have charge of arrangements.


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