A 33-year-old man died in an accident early Tuesday morning at the Toyota plant in Georgetown.
The man was connecting a trailer to a tractor around 4 a.m. Tuesday near gate 21, but he had not applied the air brake to the tractor, according to Scott County Coroner John Goble. The tractor rolled back to the trailer, pinning the man between the two, Goble said.
Goble ruled the man dead at the scene from blunt-force trauma. His body was taken to Frankfort for an autopsy Tuesday, according to Goble. The name of the victim was not initially released.
The man was a contractor with Ryder, Goble said. Ryder, which has about 36,000 employees in operations in about four countries, provides transportation, fleet management and “supply chain solutions.”
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Production was stopped at the Toyota plant as the incident was investigated, said Rick Hesterberg, external affairs manager for Toyota.
“All of us at Toyota extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the Ryder employee,” Hesterberg said in a statement.
Ryder spokesperson Amy Federman said the company is “saddened by this loss of life.”
“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of our employees and those impacted by this incident,” she stated. “We are working closely with local officials to gather more information. The safety and security of employees remain our top priority.”