New information on Ringgold County storm fatality


February 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office Friday afternoon, released more information about a fatal, possibly storm-related accident, that took place Thursday morning. Ringgold County Chief Deputy Sheriff Rob Haley said in press release, that just after 10-a.m., authorities and rescue crews were called to the Heldon Chemical Company at 2401 County Highway P-27, where an unloading belt had fallen on top of an employee. Upon their arrival,  emergency responders discovered 54-year old Terry Meeks, of Grant City, MO., was dead.

Severe storms were moving through the area at the time the incident occurred, according to statements released by the National Weather Service in Des Moines, however it’s not clear whether strong winds played a role in toppling the conveyor belt. An autopsy will be performed at the State Medical Examiner’s Office, in Ankeny. The cause of death is pending upon completion of the autopsy.