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Sewer accident results in death

Potter County emergency crews were called to West Whitlock Resort on Tuesday afternoon to assist with a rescue and recovery from a fatal sewer accident.
According to Potter County Sheriff Curt Hamburger, two men were working down in a manhole at a lift station at West Whitlock when it is believed that they were overcome by methane gas. A third man went down into the hole when he realized they were in distress, and he also started to succumb to the gas. At that point a fourth man who resides at the resort went in, and was able to retrieve two of the men from the hole.
The call came in at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 4. The Gettysburg ambulance and fire department responded, with the second ambulance and the EMTs from Hoven called as backup. Fire fighters were able to retrieve the body of the first man from the hole.
Erik Hansen, 20, died in the accident. His father, Kirk Hansen, was taken by ambulance to the hospital and then flown out, and is reported to be in critical condition. Both were working on the lift station through Hansen Plumbing. Shane Stevens, who operates West Whitlock Resort, was treated and released from the hospital in Gettysburg.
Emergency crews were on the scene for about an hour an a half.
No further details were available at press time.
–Molly McRoberts