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Friday, July 13, 2012 - Page updated at 06:30 a.m.
Wapato farmworker killed in forklift accident
The Associated Press
State officials say a 23-year-old farmworker has been killed in a forklift accident
State Department of Labor & Industries spokeswoman Elaine Fischer says the man suffered fatal injuries Saturday while operating a forklift at Consolidated Fruit.
She described the accident as a rollover, but said the exact circumstances remain under investigation.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports ( http://bit.ly/PSFY8u) Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins identified the man as Francisco Javier Mendez of Toppenish.
According to the sheriff's log from Saturday, co-workers of the man reported he was pinned under a forklift. An arriving from Yakima County Fire District 5 then confirmed the fatality.
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