Coroner: Pa. mom dies while trying to clean from son’s overdose

The woman died at a local hospital

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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Officials say a Pennsylvania woman may have died after coming into contact with drugs while trying to clean up from her son’s suspected overdose.

Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees tells WJAC-TV 69-year-old Theresa Plummer likely absorbed the substance through her skin or had a reaction that led to her shortness of breath.

Plummer died at a local hospital Nov. 6.

Her 45-year-old son was hospitalized the previous day after she found him unresponsive in their home near Johnstown. Ronald Plummer was pronounced dead Nov. 7.

The coroner says he is waiting on toxicology reports for a cause of death.

Lees says families in similar situations should call authorities to remove any substances left behind.

Johnstown, Pennsylvania is about 65 miles west of Pittsburgh.

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