Rice mill employee kills in a truck crane accident

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An employee of Producers Rice Mill in Pine Bluff died Tuesday (7th June) after a truck-mounted crane fell over and struck the person, authorities said.

The accident occurred at the mill at 121 S. Kansas St. Police said a crew of outside contractors were working with the crane when it fell over.

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Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley pronounced the employee, Woodrow Kyle Vaughn, 26, dead at the scene at 10:55 a.m. Vaughn would have turned 27 on June 19.

Vaughn’s body will be sent to the state medical examiner on Wednesday, Kelley said.

Police do not suspect any criminal violation or foul play. Officers stayed at the scene with Kelley to assist with the investigation.

“The incident appears to be a heartbreaking industrial accident,” police Lt. David DeFoor wrote in the release.

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