NC Poultry Plant Resumes Operation After Ammonia Leak Kills One, Injures Four

Two days after an ammonia leak caused the death of one employee and personal injuries to four others, a Lumber Bridge, North Carolina poultry processing plant has resumed operations.

According to Mountaire Farms, it will reopen on June 22 and hold an internal meeting for employees for the purpose of answering questions regarding the June 20 incident. The company, which is based out of Millsboro, Delaware, also said it would have grief counselors on hand.

According to investigators, they have determined that the cause of the ammonia release was an accident as workers were performing maintenance on a piece of machinery.

According to authorities, the accident caused the death of 47-year-old Fayetteville resident Clifton Swain.

The company said that the plant has been inspected by authorities and has been declared safe.

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