One worker dead and another injured after tire explodes at Salem auto center

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He died from head injuries as the tire “exploded off the machine” and hit both him and the other man in the head. Fire officials found Almon, who had blunt force trauma to the head, unconscious on the floor. They rushed him to Parkland Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The other man, 23-year-old customer Adam Sproul, of Boothbay, Maine, also suffered serious head injuries. His condition allowed authorities to fly him to the Boston Medical Center where he will get further medical treatment. The auto center located at the Mall at Rockingham Park will be closed through Sunday.

Sears is currently working with authorities. In a public statement they sent their regrets: “First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our associate, and we send our deepest condolences to them. We also send our thoughts and concerns to our customer who was injured in this tragic accident”. The Police Department will not be investigating if Sears Auto Center was negligent as that is under the jurisdiction of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. They explained in a statement that at this point in time the only investigations which are done are from a workplace accident point of view. Sgt. Chad Clark detailed: “This was something they do every day.. And you know, the rim and the tire, the inflation may have been a little too much for what the rim and the tire could handle. [Salem auto center is] pretty shaken up by the whole ordeal.. When you work closely with someone all day long, it hits you hard.”

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