ABILENE, Texas -

A 38-year-old employee at Smith Pipe of Abilene was killed Monday when a tanker slid off of a trailer and landed on him, according to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office.

Thomas Blain Stewart was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Ronnie Doan at 8:06 p.m.  

The accident occurred at about 6:41 p.m. behind the office at Smith Pipe – a petroleum industry supply company – in the Caps community.

Originally from Smithville, Stewart resided in the Buffalo Gap area at the time of his death.