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Manufacturing worker trapped in machine for 45 minutes remains in critical condition

 HUDSON, N.C. — An industrial accident last Tuesday at the Sealed Air Corp. plant in Hudson left Jenny Rothernberger’s husband trapped in a machine for 45 minutes.

“I want answers and why there wasn’t a button to release Alan off of the rollers immediately when it happened,” she said.

Alan Powell was airlifted to a hospital and is in a coma. Family members said he has brain damage because he did not have air going to his brain for 10 minutes after the incidentRothernberger said her husband remains in critical condition.

“I can’t understand how this happened,” she said. “I lost my best friend.”

Alan and Jenny Rothenberger.

The North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health division said an investigation is underway.

“Based on the preliminary information that we have at this time, an employee was threading up a machine when their body was pulled into the machine causing crushing injuries to their torso,” OSHA said in a statement.

Family members want to know if the equipment malfunctioned, and they don’t want another worker getting hurt.

“Nobody who signs up for that type of career should ever go to work and not come home,” said Danielle Burfine, Powell’s niece.

The company, which manufactures foam and bubble wrap, did not have a comment about the accident..

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