Elway Gray, Louis O’Keefe, Robert Wilson Killed in Key Largo, FL, Accident
Key Largo, FL -- January 16, 2017, Elway Gray, Louis O'Keefe, Robert Wilson were killed a firefighter is critical, after an accident involving methane gas.
According to officials from Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, the incident occurred around 8:30 a.m. at work site on Long Key Road.
Reports indicate that 34-year-old Gray, 49-year-old O'Keefe, and 24-year-old Wilson were all construction workers for Douglas N. Higgins. They were part of contract construction work that was happening on the roadway for Monroe County.
All three workers reportedly descended a manhole while working. Once down there, they suddenly collapsed due to toxic fumes of methane and hydrogen sulfite gas. Rescue teams were called to the scene to extract the downed workers. One volunteer firefighter also became unconscious after inhaling the fumes.
Following the incident, the three construction workers all died from their injuries. the firefighter was airlifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
Authorities have not indicated any particular factors causing the incident. Their investigations are ongoing.
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