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.
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