Elgin man killed when machine explodes in Carol Stream

Updated 2/4/2015 10:00 AM

A 35-year-old Elgin man was killed late Monday night when the machinery he was working on exploded inside a Carol Stream factory, authorities said.

Chad Nelson was using compressed air to test a machine for leaks when the machine exploded around 9:30 p.m. at MAAC Machinery, 590 Tower Blvd., on the village's east side, Carol Stream Fire District Battalion Chief Rob Schultz said.


Nelson died from "multiple traumatic injuries," the DuPage County coroner's office said following an autopsy Tuesday.

One other person was in the vicinity when the machine exploded, Schultz said, but refused treatment at the scene.

Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were on the scene Tuesday afternoon, Carol Stream Fire Chief Administrative Officer Perry Johnson said.

A receptionist answering the phone at MAAC Machinery on Tuesday said the company would have no comment on Nelson's death.


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