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Kentucky Truck Plant worker dies in accident

December 26, 2009

Kentucky Truck Plant worker dies in accident

The Courier-Journal

A Ford worker died in an accident Saturday morning at the Kentucky Truck Plant, a company spokeswoman said.

“We can confirm that there was a tragic accident at the Kentucky Truck Plant that resulted in the death of a UAW Ford employee,” said Ford’s Marcey Evans. “The company and the union are conducting a thorough investigation of the incident and cooperating fully with authorities in their investigation.”

The victim’s name and details about the accident at the plant on 3001 Chamberlain Lane were not released.

Evans would only say that the plant “was not running normal production.”

“Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to friends and family of the employee but there’s no additional information that we can provide about him or the accident,” Evans said.

Ford employees interviewed Saturday night said it was the first death of a UAW member in an accident at the plant in many years.

Lewis Sexton, a former Local 862 president, said the last death he could recall was in the 1970s.

“The worker dropped his pocket knife underneath a lift and the machine caught him and he was crushed between the lift and the floor,” said Sexton, who was the local’s president at the time.

In the 1980s, a contractor for Ford was killed at the Assembly Plant on Fern Valley Road while loading a truck, Sexton said.

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