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Front-end loader kills man at Okeelanta Sugar Mill in South Bay

Posted at 4:53 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-03 08:51:10-04

A man died in an industrial accident in South Bay Wednesday morning, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

The victim was identified as 81-year-old Rene Trujillo of Canal Point.

Florida Crystals described Trujillo as an independent contractor.

A spokesperson said he got out of his truck and stepped in the path of a front-end loader.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and no foul play is suspected, PBSO said.

The sheriff's office said the victim is now at the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's Office where an autopsy has been scheduled.

The sugar mill is located at 21250 S. US Highway 27 in South Bay.

OSHA is investigating the fatal incident.

Story updated to clarify the incident is being described as an accident and no foul play suspected.