- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

WEST POINT, Ga. (AP) - A coroner says preliminary results of an autopsy show that a worker killed at the Kia Motors assembly plant in west Georgia died of asphyxia after materials fell on him.

Troup County Coroner Jeffrey Cook said it appears the worker’s breath was cut off due to the weight that was on him.

West Point Police Chief Tony Bailey tells The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (https://bit.ly/1BVVKBP) that 57-year-old John Dunnivant of Lanett, Alabama, was working in the steel press section of the facility when he was killed Tuesday morning. Cook said Dunnivant was moving something very heavy when it fell on him.

U.S. Department of Labor spokeswoman Lindsay Williams said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

The plant is in West Point, just west of the Alabama-Georgia line.

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Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, https://ledger-enquirer.com

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