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Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 5:43 am, Sat Oct 15, 2011.

A General Mills employee who died at the Lodi plant Thursday was crushed by a boxcar after it came unhinged, state officials confirmed Friday.

The employee, a 53-year-old man, had been unloading a boxcar at the company plant's loading dock when the boxcar suddenly became unhinged and began to roll backward, said Patricia Ortiz, a spokesperson for California's Occupation Safety and Health Administration.

Though the man attempted to stop the boxcar from moving, he was pinned between the boxcar and an area of the loading dock referred to as "the bridge" by General Mills employees, Ortiz added.

Ortiz said the man was crushed and died from his injuries at the scene.

The event, which occurred at roughly 11:30 a.m. Thursday, was reported around 3 p.m. by company officials, Ortiz added.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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  • T M posted at 2:57 pm on Mon, Oct 17, 2011.

    lodilivin39 Posts: 4

    Very sad circumstances. Even sadder that the first thing on Mr. Jacobs mind is vengeance for something he knows nothing about. The family needs prayers for healing not for lawsuits.

  • Kim Lee posted at 8:21 am on Mon, Oct 17, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    This is so very very sad. My prayers go out to this grieving family. What a horrible tragedy.

  • Laura Rouzer posted at 2:02 am on Mon, Oct 17, 2011.

    Laura Rouzer Posts: 55

    Yeah Robert, I'm sure that's the first thing that came to minds of the family of that poor man.

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 9:56 am on Sun, Oct 16, 2011.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    Sounds like this mans family has a great law suit! I hope they nail General Mills for millions!



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