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Trooper Allen Peterson | Michigan State Police, Michigan Michigan State Police, Michigan


Allen Peterson

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch: Saturday, August 29, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 13 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Exposure to toxins

Incident Date: 8/7/1981

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Trooper Allen Peterson succumbed to internal injuries received after being exposed to fluosulfonic acid fumes following the derailment of a Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad train in Bridgman, Michigan. The train contained several tanker cars that left the tracks and became damaged during the derailment. Trooper Peterson was assigned to guard the inner perimeter of the crash site to keep citizens and reporters clear of the dangers.

The tanker that contained the fluosulfonic was damaged to the point that a plume of white smoke leaked from it during the entire time Trooper Peterson was on duty at the scene. Approximately three weeks later Trooper Peterson's health deteriorated and he suffered a fatal heart attack. It was later determined that medical complications from the toxins exposure caused the heart attack.

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Sgt. Jim Russo
August 29, 2016


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