Georgia firm indicted in SC woman's ammonia death

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A Georgia company has been indicted related to a 2009 ammonia leak that killed a woman in Swansea.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says a federal grand jury has returned an indictment against Werner Transportation Services Inc. for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.

Thirty-eight-year-old Jacqueline Ginyard of Wagner died when she drove into a toxic cloud July 15, 2009. The state Department of Health and Environmental Control said the wrong type of hose was used as 7,000 pounds of ammonia gas were being transferred at a Tanner Industries distribution facility.

In 2010, DHEC fined Tanner more than $90,000 for air and chemical safety violations.

Werner faces a possible $500,000 fine if convicted. Court records listed no attorney for the Gainesville, Ga.-based company.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)

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