Man killed in forklift accident at Madill manufacturing facility

Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 16, 2020 at 5:04 PM CST
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MADILL, Oklahoma (KXII) - A man was killed in a forklift accident at J&I Manufacturing in Madill on Monday.

Madill Fire Chief Mike Idleman says Jared Pierce, 18, of Durant was riding on the side of a forklift and fell off, when he was hit.

The Madill Fire Department got the call around 11:18 a.m. and the facility shut down shortly afterwards.

He says when first responders got there, Pierce was pronounced dead at the scene.

Idleman says Pierce had been working at J&I Manufacturing as a yard hand for two months.

According to a post made by the Durant Lion Wrestling Fan Page, he was on the wrestling team when attending Durant High School.

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating.

An employee, who wanted to remain anonymous, said workers were sent home on their lunch break around noon.

According to their website, J&I Manufacturing was closed Monday and will be closed again Tuesday.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate at the facility Tuesday morning.

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