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One dead, one in critical condition at Fairgrounds

August 8th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

On Thursday, August 08, 2013 at 11:20 A.M., members of the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the Allegany County Fair Grounds, Cresaptown, Maryland for a report of an unattended death. Investigators from the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) also responded to the scene to initiate an investigation.

Investigation revealed that 75 year old, William E. Miller of Windber, Pennsylvania had died as a result of an apparent carbon monoxide poisoning. The victim was camping at the fairgrounds with his 76 year old wife, Ruth L. Miller of Windber, Pennsylvania. Ruth Miller had also been exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning; she is currently receiving medical treatment at Western Maryland Health System Hospital.

Investigation revealed that the Miller’s were camping in a 1989 Coachman Recreation Vehicle at the fairgrounds. On Wednesday evening, prior to going to sleep the couple started a gas generator near the rear of the recreation vehicle. The generator was only several feet away from the recreation vehicle, with the generator’s exhaust pointing towards the recreation vehicle. The couple fell asleep in the recreation vehicle with the generator running. The exhaust fumes entered the recreation vehicle, causing the couple to have exposure to carbon monoxide. The next day, a concerned citizen entered the recreation vehicle and discovered the couple. Members of the Cumberland City Fire Department were called to the recreation vehicle and immediately administered first aid to the couple. William Miller was pronounced decease at the scene and Ruth Miller was transported to Western Maryland Health System Hospital for treatment. There is no indication of foul play being involved in the death of William Miller.

The victim, William Miller will be taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. Victim, Ruth Miller is continuing to receive medical treatment. The investigation is continuing by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department and C3I, pending the results of the autopsy.  

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