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OSHA investigating deaths of Iowa men in SD sewer

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NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (AP) -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues to investigate the death of two Iowa men attempting to unclog a North Sioux City sewer.

Two employees of Sioux City, Iowa-based Speedy Rooter were overcome by fumes while working on the sewer on July 10. Fifty-four-year-old Robert Thompson died the next day, and 35-year-old Chad Elgert died last Sunday. Both men are from Sioux City.

The men's families say Thompson passed out from the fumes and Elgert had tried to rescue him.

Tom Deutscher in OSHA's Bismarck, N.D, office says the agency is looking at whether the deaths stemmed from a safety violation. The investigation could take months.

A message left Saturday for Speedy Rooter wasn't immediately returned. The office was closed for the weekend.

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