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Smithfield Packing Employee in Clinton, North Carolina Dies While Filling Tanker Truck With Sludge

An unusual workplace accident has cost the life of a Smithfield Packing employee in Clinton, North Carolina.

The employee, Brandon Christopher of Clinton, was apparently loading a tanker truck with slidge gathered from the wastewater department at the Smithfield Packing plant.  Mr. Christopher was found dead at around 12:35 a.m. with his head in the opening of the tanker.  Sludge contains methane gas which can be fatal is inhaled long enough.  However, a definitive cause of this accident has not been identified and investigators will be working to determine if there were safety violations.

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Our sympathies are with the Christopher family. Hopefully, state investigators can provide some answers as to what happened. 

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