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August 8, 2013

1 dead in apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in RV

CUMBERLAND — A 75-year-old Somerset County, Pa., man died as a result of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning while at the Allegany County Fairgrounds and his wife was taken to the hospital Thursday morning for treatment, according to C3I.

William E. Miller and Ruth L. Miller, 76, went to sleep in their 1989 Coachman recreational vehicle Wednesday night with a gas generator several feet away from the rear of the vehicle, police said. The generator’s exhaust was pointed toward the vehicle and fumes entered, causing the carbon monoxide exposure.

On Thursday morning, a passerby entered the vehicle and discovered the couple. Members of the Cumberland Fire Department administered first aid and William Miller was pronounced dead at the scene.

His wife was taken to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center by Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department ambulance and was reportedly in critical condition.

An autopsy will be performed at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore.

The incident occurred as people were preparing for the three-day Cumberland Firefighters Local 1715 “The Sportsmen” Bash that begins Friday.  

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and C3I Unit investigated.

 

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