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Employee killed at packaging plant in Mount Joy

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MOUNT JOY, LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa — An employee at the Phoenix Packaging Plant in Mount Joy was killed this morning after a piece of lifting equipment fell, trapping him underneath.

Emergency crews were dispatched just before 5:30 a.m. Fire Chief Philip Colvin of the Fire Department of Mount Joy says they were initially dispatched for an industrial rescue, but when they arrived workers had already freed the trapped employee, who is identified as a man in his 40’s.

Colvin says the lift device that fell on the employee, was part of a processing line.

Fire crews continued to work with medical crews and determined that the employee was deceased at the scene.

In a statement released by Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, “A worker at Phoenix Packaging Inc. in Mount Joy Township, Lancaster County was killed when the worker was crushed under a piece of lift equipment.”

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday to determine the cause and manner of death.

This is a developing story.