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UPDATE: Tyson Foods truck driver at Springdale plant killed

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published August 4, 2011 at 12:22 p.m. Updated August 4, 2011 at 2:38 p.m.

A Tyson Foods truck driver has been killed outside its plant in Springdale.

Merrill Reynolds was pinned between the back of his truck’s trailer and another trailer on a lot outside of Tyson’s Berry Street plant at about 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Police are still investigating how the 50-year-old was killed. Lt. Kevin Lewis of the Springdale Police Department says that when another driver who found Reynolds tried to move the truck forward, he noticed the brake had not been set.

Tyson says it is also investigating and has notified federal authorities.

More than 170 people were hospitalized at the same plant in June when chlorine gas was leaked inside a building. Authorities say the gas formed when a plant employee accidentally poured chlorine solution into a drum of acid.


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