- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and New Mexico State Police are investigating after a worker died at a Ruidoso water treatment plant.

KOB-TV reports (https://bit.ly/29UeKxg ) that John Ramos died Wednesday while working at the Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant. Plant managers say Ramos was trying to clear a build-up of grease and foam in one of the basins where sludge is treated when he lost his footing and fell in.

Village of Ruidoso spokeswoman Kerry Gladden says a safety line was thrown to Ramos, but the contents of the tank where he fell is toxic. Attempts to save Ramos were unsuccessful.

Ramos had worked for the village for more than 30 years.

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Information from: KOB-TV, https://www.kob.com

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