Wichita Falls, TX – A wastewater treatment employee has died, a week after he and a colleague were overcome by unknown gases while they were doing repairs in the basement at the River Road Wastewater Treatment Plant.
According to Todd Mudd, WFFD Battalion Chief, the two were found semi-responsive and evacuated by air to the hospital.
The victim was identified as Daniel Arredondo who worked for the wastewater treatment divisions for a year and a half.
Officials said there was no threat to the public because the situation was contained at the facility. However, road access was closed for a period of time to make sure the injured workers could be rushed to the hospital.
Mudd said unknown gases are likely to blame for the incident, but the investigation is ongoing.
Two other employees went back into the area to finish the repairs, and put the plant back online.
Efforts by SUN News to obtain a comment from Power and Water authorities have been unsuccessful.