Gas Worker Died In Parking Lot

Another leak erupted at the scene where a gas company employee died this morning. That leak forced the evacuation of a Craven County fast food restaurant and a nearby Food Lion.

It's estimated the leak was spewing LP gas some 35 to 40 feet in the air. The latest leak has closed the James City Bojangles', while the Food Lion was allowed to reopen.

The body of Frank Birdsong, who worked for Jenkins Gas, was found around 11:20 a.m. this morning in the parking lot of the Highway 70 business.

Emergency Management Director Stanley Kite says Birdsong was in contact with an underground LP gas tank, but they're not sure the gas killed him. Kite says that tank was leaking gas into the air. The man was found lying over a manhole that accessed the tank.

The Craven County Sheriff's Office is now handling the death investigation.

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Craven County authorities say they are at the scene of a man found unresponsive, lying over an open manhole.

It's happening in the parking lot of the Bojangles' on Highway 70 in James City.

Emergency Management Director Stanley Kite says a local fire department and emergency crews are on the scene. There have been reports of a gas truck at the parking lot, but it's not known whether that is connected to the man being found or not.

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