- Associated Press - Sunday, December 20, 2015

SALEM, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire police say the Sears Auto Center shop where a worker died and a customer was seriously injured when a tire exploded will remain closed through Sunday.

The accident happened just before 8 a.m. Saturday at the auto center at the Mall at Rockingham Park, when a large truck tire that 22-year-old Justin Almon of Sandown was working on exploded.

Almon was rushed to the hospital, where he died from head injuries.

The customer - 23-year-old Adam Sproul of Boothbay, Maine - was flown to Boston Medical Center with a head injury that police say was not considered life-threatening.

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

Salem Police Sgt. Chad Clark told WMUR-TV (https://bit.ly/1UOpN9x) Almon’s colleagues are still upset.

“They are pretty shaken up by the whole ordeal,” Clark said. “When you work closely with someone all day long, it hits you hard.”

Clark said both men were unconscious when first responders arrived.

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.

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