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Police: Gas from McDonald's Soda Fountain Caused Georgia Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Police: Gas from McDonald's Soda Fountain Caused Georgia Death

Poller, GA -- September 14, 2011 --

Police say leaking carbon dioxide gas is to blame for the death of an 80-year-woman who passed out in a restroom at a McDonald's restaurant in southeast Georgia.

Pooler Police Chief Mark Revenew said Wednesday investigators
found carbon dioxide used to inject carbonation into the
restaurant's soda fountain had been leaking between the walls and
into the restroom, where two women were found unconscious Sept. 7.
The gas is normally harmless, but enough of it had escaped that it
displaced air the women needed to breathe.

Several people at the restaurant needed medical treatment. One
of them, Anne Felton of Ponte Vedra, Fla., later died at a
hospital.

Revenew says owners of the restaurant west of Savannah replaced
the gas lines and he does not expect to press criminal charges.

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Police: Woman Dies After Breathing Fumes at a McDonald's in Georgia

Poller, GA (AP) -- September 8,, 2011 --

Authorities say an 80-year-old Florida woman has died after being sickened by fumes at a McDonald's restaurant in south Georgia.

Pooler police Chief Mark Revenew says Anne Felton of Ponte
Vedra, Florida., died early Thursday. She and her husband were
customers at the restaurant. An autopsy will be conducted to
determine cause of death.

Felton was one of ten taken to the hospital Wednesday after
firefighters found two customers unconscious inside a restaurant
bathroom and others struggling to breathe. Eight were treated and
released and two were admitted for treatment.

Authorities said Wednesday they suspected cleaning chemicals in
the restroom were to blame, but the cause was still under
investigation.

The restaurant was evacuated but McDonald's later said the
restaurant had reopened after authorities deemed it safe.

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