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June 7, 2012

McAAP civilian employee dies in Missouri: three others injured

McALESTER — A civilian employee of the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant has been killed and three McAAP employees injured in what the Army is calling an “incident” which occurred Wednesday at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

The Department of  Army civilian has been identified as Louis Stallings, 45, of Atoka. Stallings was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident, a railroad spur at Fort Leonard Wood, according to a statement released through the base’s public affairs division.

Stallings was identified as a railroad maintenance vehicle operator for McAAP. He was conducting maintenance to Fort Leonard Wood’s railroad spur when the incident occurred, according to the release from Fort Leonard Wood’s public affairs office.

The three MCAAP employees who were injured in the same incident  were not publicly identified as of early Thursday.

Two of the injured civilians were airlifted to Mercy hospital in Springfield, Mo., according to the statement, Both are still listed in stable condition. The other injured civilian received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Mo., the Army said.

Circumstances surrounding the incident are still under investigation by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command, according to the statement. In addition, a safety investigation is under way by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.

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