Gas well worker killed by heavy equipment at Smyrna drilling site

SMYRNA – A 23-year-old gas well worker died Sunday following a drilling site accident in Smyrna.

The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office reported Charles Bevins III of West Virginia, who worked for Braden Drilling, a Norse Energy contractor, was fatally injured at about 9 a.m. Sunday at a drilling site along State Highway 80, near the intersection of Stowell Road, in the Town of Smyrna.

Mr. Bevins was transported by Cooperstown Medical Transport to the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, where he later died during surgery.

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