Forklift Operator Dies In Accident

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A person died Monday after a forklift accident at an Erwin business.

Erwin Interim Police Chief Jonathan Johnson said a worker on a forklift was driving on the back of a flatbed truck at Dean’s Towing on Erwin Road when the accident occurred. The victim was later identified as 35-year-old Benjamin Tripp.

Chief Johnson said when the forklift fell off the truck, the driver fell out of the forklift which then fell on the driver. The accident occurred at approximately 2 p.m.

The victim was deceased when law enforcement and rescue officials arrived on the scene.

The name of the victim was withheld as of presstime because family had not been immediately notified about the accident.

Chief Johnson said OSHA officials will conduct an investigation of the accident.

A person died in a forklift accident Monday afternoon at Dean’s Towing on Erwin Road in Erwin, above.

Daily Record Photo/Tom Woerner

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