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Man killed in Otoe County co-op accident
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Man killed in Otoe County co-op accident


The Otoe County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a co-op employee in Burr.

Sheriff Colin Caudill said his office received a report about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday of a tire exploding at the Frontier Cooperative location in Burr, a village of about 60 people 40 miles southeast of Lincoln.

When deputies arrived, they found a co-op employee, later identified as Paul Sliger, dead and a customer with minor injuries.

Sliger, 49, of Syracuse, had connected an air hose to inflate a large commercial tire and walked away. At some point, the steel wheel blew off the tire, striking Sliger, according to a news release.

Caudill said his office will work with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in investigating the workplace death.



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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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