The death of Rod Milburn, a U.S. gold-medal winner in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1972 Olympics, was ruled an accident.
Milburn, 47, was found dead Tuesday in a rail car full of a hot chemical solution at the paper plant where he worked. It happened at the Georgia Pacific plant near Baton Rouge.
“At this time, his death is being ruled as an accident,” said Lt. Sonny Jarreau of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Department. “Unless new information comes forward, the investigation is over.”
Preliminary autopsy results showed that Milburn had severe burns over his entire body, and that will likely be listed as the cause of death, said Chuck Smith of the parish coroner’s office.