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International Paper identifies worker killed in accident

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) - An industrial accident Monday morning led to the death of a man at the International Paper plant on West Lathrop Avenue in Savannah.

It happened about 8:30 a.m. Savannah Firefighters said a boiler platform collapsed and trapped the man underneath the wreckage. We're told the victim had been working in a manlift.

Savannah Fire's Technical Rescue Team cleared a passage through the mass of metal boiler pipes and cut through a metal plate to access the victim. But officials say he was dead.

International Paper identified the victim as Juan Medina. Medina died at 57 years old and was from Houston.

They released the following statement regarding the incident:

We are saddened to learn of the loss of one of our contractor team members, Juan Medina. This is a difficult day for all of us here at the Savannah mill and our thoughts are with Juan’s family, friends and colleagues.  We are working with authorities to determine the cause of this accident and we will share the findings once we are able to do so.  Safety is paramount for all of us at International Paper, which makes today’s news that much more difficult to process.

Officials say the scene was turned over to Chatham County Police and International Paper's Emergency Response Team.

They were working with engineers to determine a safe method for recovering the victim.

This story is developing. News 3 will continue to bring you further updates.

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