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Associated Press, Published August 17 2012

Man killed during evacuation of blowout

WILLISTON, N.D. – Authorities say an Arizona man was killed during the evacuation of an oil well blowout near here.

The Williston Herald reports that 39-year-old Jason Pinasco of Higden, Ariz., was struck by a vehicle being removed from the well location early Wednesday morning.

Authorities say the rig blowout occurred late Tuesday and spewed about 400 barrels of oil and 400 barrels of salt water across some farm fields southeast of Williston.

The incident is under investigation and state health officials are monitoring the cleanup.