Tire explodes at New Hampshire auto center, killing worker

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Posted: Dec 19, 2015 2:33 PM

SALEM, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire say a large truck tire has exploded at an auto center, killing a worker and seriously injuring a customer.

Police say they were called to the Sears Auto Center in Salem at about 7:50 a.m. Saturday.

According to a 911 call, a caller reports that a worker was filling up the tire when it "exploded off the machine" and hit both men in the head.

Police say 22-year-old worker Justin Almon, of Sandown, died of head injuries.

Police say 23-year-old customer Adam Sproul, of Boothbay, Maine, was flown to Boston Medical Center with serious head injuries.

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Salem police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

Sears said in a statement that it's working with authorities and extends its thoughts and prayers to both families.