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Storage Tank Collapse Kills 2 Texas Workers

CORPUS CHRISTI (December 16, 2013) Two workers were killed in in Nueces County when the roof of an industrial storage tank collapsed, causing them both to fall 60 feet.

The unidentified workers were welding a metal lid atop the structure Sunday afternoon at an oil plant owned by Trafigura when the roof gave way below them.

Witnesses called police.

The two men were employed by Tarsco Inc., a subcontractor for Trafigura.

Police Lt. Mark Tuley said rescuers used a crane to secure the tank before reaching the men, who were pronounced dead at the scene by the Nueces County medical examiner's office.

Tuley says the incident is under investigation.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified, he said.

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