- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - A worker at a Houston coffee plant is dead after he was overcome by a carbon dioxide release.

The release happened Thursday morning at the Atlantic Coffee Solutions plant just east of downtown Houston. Houston Fire Department officials say Steven Reyna was in a room where coffee beans are decaffeinated with carbon dioxide when a CO2 valve broke, releasing a stream of the gas into the room.

Reyna was able to call for help before losing consciousness and was pulled from the room. Efforts to revive him failed, however, and Reyna died a short time later a Memorial Hermann Hospital.

The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating.


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