Blytheville Man Dies After Tire Explodes

HICKMAN, AR - A Blytheville man has died after the tire he tried to fix at work exploded, causing massive injuries to his head.

Mississippi County Coroner Mike Godsey says 19-year-old Christopher Herron was plugging the tire on a scrap-hauling dump truck Sunday at Kinder Morgan in Hickman.  Godsey says the 6-foot tall tire exploded, knocking Herron 16 feet backward.

Paramedics initially treated Herron and a helicopter took him to The Med in Memphis, where doctors pronounced him dead.

Kinder Morgan, formerly Marine Terminals of Arkansas, stores and ships dry bulk and liquid products, including scrap metal.  Company officials did not return calls for comment.

This was the second industrial death to strike Mississippi County in recent days.  On Friday, 30-year-old Brandon Johnson of Caruthersville, Missouri, was crushed to death while working at a steel processing plant at Armorel.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)