Colbert man dies from mercury poisoning

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

DURANT, Okla. - A Colbert man who suffered mercury poisoning while using mercury to remove gold from electronic equipment has died.

Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management Director James Dalton says 55-year-old Tony Winnett died at a Tulsa hospital.

Dalton also says the home where Winnett and Melissa Lake used the mercury is so contaminated it's now uninhabitable.

Lake also suffered mercury poisoning and was treated and released at a hospital in Durant.

Authorities say the technique of using mercury to separate gold once was used by industrial miners in the American West but was banned because it's so dangerous.

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  • by Beth Location: durant on Apr 8, 2008 at 09:12 AM
    what people will do for money!! there is not enough gold in that equipment to make any money off of it but it sure can take a life
  • by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2008 at 02:49 PM
    What does that have to do with what this article is about? Its a good idea dont get me wrong, but the comment was just way way off topic...
  • by Mom Location: Ardmore on Apr 1, 2008 at 06:44 AM
    I agree with you 100 percent Becca! That would be really great. What a wonderful way to teach and show the youth about are military. To many parents today do not instill and teach the pride and importance of them and there job much less the respect for our country.
  • by Debbie Location: Denison, Texas on Mar 31, 2008 at 11:59 PM
    Our thoughts are with Tony and his family
  • by Becca Parr Location: Durant OK on Mar 31, 2008 at 08:18 PM
    One of my sons is a Marine serving in Iraq. It would be terrific if TV stations would maintain a display of all local men and women serving...and report some everyday stories about each one of them to promote patriotism. I believe you could feature at least one story a day about these heroes to honor them. There is also a desperate need to feature kids doing great things. The people out in TV land want that. Take a Golden opportunity to promote things that make our America great. I am encouraging your staff to "think outside the box" and make a positive difference. We don't want anymore Reality shows....we want Real Life stories promoting America and our youth! I would love to talk to you at anytime. 580.920.5125. Thank you.
  • by Fozzy Location: Ardmore on Mar 31, 2008 at 12:29 PM
    Wow! This sounds like something to avoid!!!
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