LIVONIA – The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office released additional details on what they believe happened leading up to the death of a worker Wednesday morning.
According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, the initial investigation by the Sheriff’s Office has determined that employees from Crop Productions Services were unloading fertilizer from a ‘covered hopper’ rail car. Three employees were working from the bottom of the rail car, while the product was being unloaded from a bottom chute.
Investigators determined that at one point during unloading, the product became stuck. In an attempt to clear the jam, two employees continued working near the bottom chute and one employee went to the top of the rail car. The employee at the top of the rail car entered into the cavity and became trapped. When the other employees realized what had happened they immediately called for help.
First responders from the Sheriff’s Office, Lakeville Fire Department, Livonia Fire Department, Livonia EMS, and the Livingston County EMS were dispatched to the incident. Unfortunately, when emergency responders arrived on scene, the employee was found to be deceased.
The Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Division, is still conducting the death investigation.
The Sheriff’s Office is still not releasing the name of the deceased, saying that further information will be forthcoming.
Due to the nature of the incident, additional units from surrounding agencies assisted in the recovery efforts. Those agencies include the Livingston County Emergency Management, Monroe County Special Operations, Rochester Fire Department Special Operations, York Fire Department, and New York State Fire.