Autopsy: Slim Jim Plant Workers Crushed To Death

Autopsies show three workers killed in the collapse of a Slim Jim factory in North Carolina died from being crushed to death.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that autopsy results were released for workers Barbara McLean, Lewis Watson and Rachel Pulley. They died from blunt force trauma in the June 9 explosion at the ConAgra plant in Garner, where nearly 40 were injured.

Two federal agencies have blamed natural gas for the blast. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board said contractors installing a water heater likely vented natural gas inside the building before the explosion as they purged a gas line. Officials said the gas should be vented outside.

The plant was closed for weeks, but production is scheduled to resume on Monday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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