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Fatal Gas Leak Investigation

A tractor trailer is the focus of the investigation into a gas leak that took the life of a produce worker Friday. 

The formal investigation into what caused the death of 57-year-old Bobby Ammons is in the hands of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration or OSHA. Officials there say the investigation could take up to 3 or 4 months.

Inspectors and Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland focused on a tractor trailer Monday. The sheriff says it may have contributed to the death of Ammons Friday night as well as hospitalizing another worker at Norton Creek Farms, and more than a dozen rescuers.

Holland says Ammons and the other worker were in and out of the truck and a cooler inside the building loading blackberries when carbon monoxide from multiple sources may have overcome them.

Holland says, The cooling system within that cooler ran for two hours. That vehicle ran. That semi.and then also you had a forklift that was running.

Holland says the semi was backed up to a sealed loading dock and running.

Bobby Ammons was rushed to Angel Medical Center in Franklin, but died there. His co-worker was flown to the hospital.  The sheriff says he's expected to be ok. More than a dozen rescuers initially overcome by carbon monoxide and hospitalized have been released.

Holland says, Its tragic that a life was lost here but the reality of it is a lot of people went above and beyond and they saved lives.

Meanwhile just days after the tragedy, Bobby Ammons was laid to rest Monday afternoon.  

By Rex Hodge  


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