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GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – Occidental Petroleum Corp. says two Monument Well Service employees on the way to a work location in Garfield County have died in a vehicle accident.

The company says the workers’ vehicle passed through a guard shack operated by Occidental Petroleum around 5 a.m. Monday, but they failed to report to their work location. A search was launched, and their vehicle was found around 11 a.m. in a ravine off of County Road 204 near DeBeque.

Garfield County coroner’s officials identified the workers as Andrew Marquez and Travis Oropeza, both age 24.

State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid told KREX-TV the worker’s truck rolled down a 1,000 foot embankment.

The State Patrol says the driver was wearing a seat belt, but the passenger was not. It wasn’t immediately clear who was driving.

The Hanging Lake Rest Area will be closed from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, to allow a contractor to stage equipment on the access road for repairs to the Shoshone Dam.

Cyclists and walkers can still reach the Hanging Lake Trail by starting at the Bair Ranch Rest Area three miles to the east.

The dam repair project is being carried out by Garney Construction Co. for Xcel Energy, which owns the Shoshone Dam and Powerplant in Glenwood Canyon.

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