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Carnival worker dies of suspected overdose


Beckley Police have confirmed an employee at the Beckley carnival has died of a suspected...
Beckley Police have confirmed an employee at the Beckley carnival has died of a suspected overdose.(wvva)
Published: May. 13, 2022 at 2:25 PM EDT
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BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) - Beckley Police have confirmed an employee at the Beckley carnival has died of a suspected overdose.

The carnival operated by the Gambill Amusement Company, based out of Buckhannon, W.Va., is set up along Robert C. Byrd Drive in the Beckley Shopping Plaza.

According to a spokesperson for the Beckley Police Dept., the initial call came in on Wednesday around 2 p.m., regarding a person who was unresponsive. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance, according to Raleigh County 911.

Right now, the Beckley City Police Dept. is handling the investigation.

The carnival is continuing with its normal operations and is set to stay open through the weekend.

WVVA News reached out to Gambill Amusements for a comment on the death.

“We at Gambill Amusements are deeply saddened by the death of one of the concession workers. He was not an employee of Gambill Amusements. He was given a job and a place to sleep by an independent concessionaire this week for this location. His job duties included stocking the games and cleaning up at night. We at Gambill have zero tolerance for illegal drugs and take the  health and safety of our patrons and staff very seriously. We have a good relationship with the Beckley Police Department, they are on our midway every evening; and we will help them in any way we can.”

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