Petal lift station victims identified – Mississippi News

Petal lift station victims identified – Mississippi News

Lici Beveridge , Breaking News Reporter
Published 4:37 p.m. CT June 13, 2017 | Updated 6 hours ago


Carolyn McAfee, who lives near the Petal lift station where two men died Tuesday, talks about her concern for their families as well as for herself and her neighbors.
Lici Beveridge/Hattiesburg American

Father, son of Brandon found dead Tuesday afternoon

PETAL – Two men killed Tuesday afternoon at a lift station in Petal have been identified.

Forrest County Deputy Coroner Lisa Klem said the victims were Terry West, 45, and his son, Gage West, 20, both of Brandon.

The two men are believed to have been overcome by methane gas while working at the lift station. Their actual cause of death is pending autopsy results, Klem said.

Mayor Hal Marx said the men were working for a company that had contracted with the city to do some work at the lift station on Short South Street.

“Our crew was on the scene with them most of the day,” he said. “They told our crew they could leave and they were finishing up.”

Marx said two of the three men working for the contractor were found unconscious in the lift station.

Emergency personnel were called. First responders were able to reach the men, who were about 15 feet down, and pulled them out. 

Efforts to revive the men were unsuccessful.

Marx declined to give the name of the company the men worked for.

Carolyn McAfee, who lives next to the lift station, said she could not get to her…

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