Worker killed at Longmont turkey plant |

Worker killed at Longmont turkey plant

Date: 12/28/2007 01:57 PM

BC-CO–Worker Killed/128LONGMONT, Colorado ” A worker at the Butterball turkey plant in Longmont has died after he was pinned under a tractor-trailer rig.

Authorities say 44-year-old Manuel O. Vega of Greeley was pronounced dead at Longmont United Hospital Wednesday night.

Police Commander Craig Earhart says investigators believe Vega was trying to shift the weight in the rig’s trailer after it became stuck in snow. Earhart says the truck apparently rolled backward and pinned him.

The Boulder County Coroner says Vega’s death was accidental asphyxiation.

Police and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

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