Xytex Nitrogen Accident Kills Sgt. Greg Meagher in Augusta, GA
Augusta, GA -- February 5, 2017, Sergeant Greg Meagher suffered fatal injuries after an accident where he inhaled liquid nitrogen at a Xytex facility.
Officials from the Richmond County Sheriff's Department reported that the incident occurred around 3:00 p.m. at the corner of Parnell Street and Emmett Street.
According to reports, Sergeant Meagher and other emergency personnel went to the cryoservices facility in response to a burglar alarm. Upon arrival, they found that an employee was injured. Sgt. Meagher attempted to enter the building to save him.
In the process, authorities say he inhaled liquid nitrogen in the air that had leaked from equipment. Officials from Xytex described the incident as a, "liquid nitrogen pressure surge."
Fire rescue crews had to enter the building with special equipment to extract both Sgt. Meagher and the injured employee. Upon extraction, they were both rushed to local hospitals. Sgt. Meagher eventually died from his injuries at Augusta University Medical Center. The worker's condition was not specified.
At this time, authorities continue to investigate what caused the accident to occur. No further information is currently available.
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