Scott County

Father of 3 from Pikeville died in accident at Toyota plant in Georgetown.

Entrance to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Georgetown, Ky, on April 10, 2017.
Entrance to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Georgetown, Ky, on April 10, 2017. Herald-Leader

A father of three was identified Thursday as the victim in a fatal accident at the Toyota plant in Georgetown, according to the Scott County coroner.

Antwian Brifford, of Pikeville, died Tuesday after being pinned in between a trailer and a tractor, Coroner John Goble said. Goble ruled the man dead at the scene from blunt-force trauma to his upper chest.

His body will be taken to Alabama, where his family is from, according to the coroner. Brifford was a contractor with Ryder, the company confirmed Tuesday. Ryder, which has about 36,000 employees in operations in about four countries, provides transportation, fleet management and “supply chain solutions.”

The Georgetown News-Graphic reported he had worked with Ryder about three months.

The Scott County coroner’s office and the state agency responsible for enforcement of workplace safety and health standards, Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health, continue to investigate the incident.

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.”

Mike Stunson covers breaking news and real-time news for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com. He is a 2011 Western Kentucky University graduate who has previously worked at the Paducah Sun and Madisonville Messenger as a sports reporter.
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