A Tavares man was killed after being crushed by pallets of dirt and mushrooms at a Zellwood processing plant.
The 45-year-old man was moving pallets with a forklift late Monday night — some weighing between 800 to 1,000 pounds — at Monterey Mushrooms on Sadler Road when the stack of trays started shaking, according to an Orange County Sheriff’s Office report.
The man jumped off the forklift and tried to run, but the pallets fell on him, according to a witness.
He was taken to Florida Hospital Apopka, where he was pronounced dead.
Deputies and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.
Monterey Mushrooms has not released a statement.
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