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3 dead, 2 taken to hospital in suspected carbon monoxide exposure during Michigan music festival

Three men are found dead and two are taken to hospital in suspected carbon monoxide poisoning after being found unresponsive in travel trailer at Michigan music festival

  • Five men were found unresponsive inside a travel trailer during the Faster Horses Festival in Brooklyn, Michigan over the weekend 
  • Three of the men, all in their early 20s, were pronounced dead, while the remaining two were transported to a hospital and are in critical condition 
  • Police suspect they suffered carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator located very near to the trailer traveler
  • Authorities are also investigating a fourth death at the festival, unrelated to the suspected carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Melissa Donna Havens, 30, was found dead on Saturday morning, but the cause and manner of death has yet to be determined

Three men have been found dead and two more are in a critical condition in hospital after suffering suspected carbon monoxide poisoning while staying in a travel trailer at a country music festival.

The five men were found unresponsive inside the trailer at the Faster Horses Festival in Brooklyn, Michigan, on Saturday after a concerned friend told police they had not heard from them in some time,  officials said. 

Lenawee County Central Dispatch responded to a 911 call around 1:30 p.m. at Woodstock Township campgrounds.

First responders administered CRP, but three of the men, all in their early 20s, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The other two men were transported to a hospital and remain in critical condition while being treated for acute carbon monoxide poisoning.

The men have not yet been named by officials. 

According to police, exposure to the carbon monoxide is believed to be from a generator which was located very near to the trailer. 

Five men were found unresponsive inside a travel trailer during a country music festival in Brooklyn, Michigan over the weekend in what police are investigating as a carbon monoxide exposure, officials said

Officials have stressed the importance of keeping generators and exhausts from running vehicles away from camping areas, tents and travel trailers.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas which is produced by burning gasoline, wood, propane or charcoal or other fuel, and inhaling too much of it can be deadly.

When too much carbon monoxide is in the air, your body replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells with carbon monoxide 

Poisoning occurs when carbon monoxide builds up in your bloodstream and often leads to serious tissue damage, or even death. 

Three of the men were pronounced dead after medical staff administered CPR

Three of the men were pronounced dead after medical staff administered CPR

Fast Horses Festival is a three-day event that included performances from Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean and Kelsea Ballerini. Pictured in this photo Thomas Rhett performs at the 2021 Faster Horses Festival

Fast Horses Festival is a three-day event that included performances from Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean and Kelsea Ballerini. Pictured in this photo Thomas Rhett performs at the 2021 Faster Horses Festival

Fast Horses Festival is a three-day event that included performances from Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean and Kelsea Ballerini. 

Authorities are also investigating a fourth death at the festival, unrelated to the suspected carbon monoxide poisoning.

The cause of Havens’ death has not been determined, and an autopsy and toxicology test will be carried out, police said. 

They are seeking a man who was allegedly seen with her in the hours before her death. He is described as in his 30s, with short black hair, a short beard and wearing a gray hoodie.

Fast Horses Festival is a three-day event that included performances from Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean and Kelsea Ballerini. Pictured in this photo Kelsea Ballerini performs at the 2021 Faster Horses Festival

Fast Horses Festival is a three-day event that included performances from Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean and Kelsea Ballerini. Pictured in this photo Kelsea Ballerini performs at the 2021 Faster Horses Festival

Silent killer: How to spot carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when carbon monoxide builds up in your bloodstream.

When too much carbon monoxide is in the air, your body replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells with carbon monoxide, according to Mayo Clinic.

It is caused by inhaling combustion fumes and when too much carbon monoxide is in the air you’re breathing, your body replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells with carbon monoxide. 

This prevents oxygen from reaching your tissues and organs and can often can lead to serious tissue damage, or even death.

It is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced by burning gasoline, wood, propane, charcoal or other fuel. 

Improperly ventilated appliances and engines, particularly in a tightly sealed or enclosed space, may allow carbon monoxide to accumulate to dangerous levels.

Signs and symptoms can be subtle but others can prove to be more serious. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning often include:

-Dull headache

-Weakness

-Dizziness

– Nausea or vomiting

– Loss of consciousness

-Blurred vision 

If you suspect you might have carbon monoxide poisoning, get into fresh air or seek emergency medical care immediately. 

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