Third death in eight months at Goodyear plant in Danville

DANVILLE, VA (WSLS) – One person is dead after an incident at the Danville, Virginia Goodyear plant on Tuesday morning.

This is the second fatality in less than a month and third in the past eight months.

On March 31, 2016, 54-year-old Kevin Edmonds died in an industrial accident at the plant. On August 31, 2015, 55-year-old Jeanie Lynn Strader, was killed while working at the plant.

Goodyear released this statement:

It grieves us to report that on Tuesday morning, a death occurred in the Goodyear-Danville facility. Goodyear’s on-site emergency response team, as well as local emergency personnel responded immediately, and all parties are cooperating in the investigation into the root cause of the incident. Goodyear has reported the incident to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and will fully cooperate with the organization.

Goodyear is taking this matter very seriously and will be temporarily closing the Danville plant to complete a full evaluation of the facility and thoroughly investigate the incident.

Our hearts go out to the family, friends and co-workers of the employee during this very difficult time.

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