2 workers killed in fall when cable snaps in West Texas

POSTED: 4:36 PM Aug 05 2013
ODESSA, Texas (AP) -

Two workers have fallen to their deaths in West Texas when a cable suspending them from a helicopter hit a power line they were inspecting.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the helicopter was able to land safely.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office said the accident happened Monday morning about 70 miles east of Odessa. Investigators said the cable appeared to snap when it struck the power line.

The names of the workers have not been released.