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Deadly Seattle Forklift Accident Claims One Victim

Posted by: admin on August 26, 2014

In yet another reminder of how important forklift safety is, a Washington man was killed earlier this month in a serious accident.

Deadly Forklift Accident Claims One Victim in Seattle Area

Deadly Forklift Accident Claims One Victim in Seattle Area

Chuck Lee, 69, of Bothell, WA, died from blunt force trauma to his head and torso. The accident happened on Monday, August 18th at the local Goodwill store.

The tragic mishap occurred when the victim walked through the store’s parking lot, located in the 4000 block of 198th Street Southwest, about 90 minutes before noon on Monday. Lee was a customer who was apparently walking back to his car.

Investigators and police said the forklift driver, a 46-year-old man from nearby Edmonds, works at the Goodwill store. The man told police he was “carrying box of merchandise with the forklift and saw a ‘flash of blue’ go in front of the forklift.”

When the driver slammed on the brakes, the load slid off on the lift and onto Mr. Lee. Lynnwood police Cmdr. Jim Nelson said the forklift struck the victim, which knocked him to the ground, and then the box fell on him.

Mr. Lee ended up at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Despite attempts to save his life, he died Tuesday morning.

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