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Man dies at ethanol plant


An investigation is underway in Mitchell County, where officials say a Thomasville man was killed around 1 p.m. Thursday at the Southwest Georgia Ethanol Plant.

Mitchell County Sheriff's investigators say 31 year-old Joshua Fulghum returned to work as a "sweeper" from lunch in silo 1630, when he slipped and fell into an auger while sweeping seeds.

Deputies say two witnesses were in the silo with Fulghum and ran to turn the power off after he fell, but said it was too late when they did.

Officials removed the body from the silo around 4pm.  Witness accounts and information collected from the scene were forwarded to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation medical examiner, who will conduct an autopsy Friday.  

OSHA investigators will also probe the incident.

Investigators say no foul play is suspected, and say no other injuries were reported.

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