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06/22/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Taft, CA — A Chevron employee was swallowed by a sinkhole in western Taft, leaving him dead on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. The fatal work-related accident occurred when the man apparently fell into a sinkhole off Midoil Road at around 10:50 a.m., reported Bakersfield.com.

According to the Kern County Fire Department, the 55-year-old Chevron employee fell 20 to 30 feet into a sinkhole that opened up on land leased by the Chevron Corporation.

Chevron’s spokesperson stated that the sinkhole was no more than about three feet wide—“enough for one person.”

“It appears that a group of people were walking along and one of them fell through the sinkhole,” Kern County Fire Department spokesman Sean Collins said to Bakersfield.com reporters.

Urban Search and Rescue teams were still trying to figure out the best way to recover the man’s body by mid-afternoon.

Cal-OSHA is investigating the fatal work-related accident.

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