LAKEVILLE — Police have released the name of a worker killed in an industrial accident on Wednesday.
Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reported that the victim was 50-year-old John J. Higgins of Scottsville.
While unloading fertilizer from a covered hopper rail car, a chute became jammed. In an attempt to clear the jam, Higgins entered the car, and became trapped.
First responders from the Sheriff’s Office, Lakeville Fire Department, Livonia Fire Department, Livonia EMS, and the Livingston County EMS responded to the scene, but Higgins was declared dead at the scene.
The Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Division’s inquiry into the incident is ongoing, but the evidence at this time indicates this was a tragic, accidental death, Dougherty said.
Higgins was an employee of Crop Production Services.