Auto worker dies after tire explodes – Boston Herald

Posted: Sunday, December 20, 2015

Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials are investigating what caused a large truck tire to explode yesterday morning at a Sears Auto Center in Salem, N.H., killing a 22-year-old man and seriously wounding a customer, police say.

Salem police officers responding to a reported explosion near the Mall at Rockingham Park at 7:53 a.m. found Justin Almon, of Sandown, N.H., a Sears auto worker, suffering from “life-threatening injuries from blunt force trauma to his head,” according to a release.

Almon was rushed to the Parkland Medical Center, where police say he was pronounced dead soon after.

Also injured in the tire explosion was customer Adam Sproul, 23, of Boothbay, Maine — who was airlifted to Lawrence General Hospital and then Boston Medical Center with a serious head injury.

Police said the tire exploded while 
Almon was attempting to fit it onto a rim for Sproul.

“Preliminary investigation revealed the Sears Auto worker was in the process of fixing a large truck tire on an industrial tire changer when the incident occurred,” police wrote in a release.

“The incident is currently being investigated by Salem Police Investigative Services Unit, as well as Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials.”

Sears’ Director of Corporate Communications, Howard Riefs, also issued a statement after the tragic incident: “First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our associate, and we send our deepest condolences to them,” Riefs wrote.

“We also send our thoughts and concerns to our customer who was injured in this tragic accident. We are working closely with local authorities as they investigate this matter.”

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