A tomato plant employee died after he was run over by a tomato truck Thursday morning in Lemoore.
Just after 5:30 a.m., officers received a report of a traffic collision at the Olam Tomato Processing plant in the 1100 block of South 19th Avenue, according to Lemoore Police Department.
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An investigation revealed an employee driving the truck and trailer was having mechanical problems pulling out of a loading dock.
The victim, Randall Phillips, 59, of Lemoore, attempted to help the driver by releasing a valve that was underneath the trailer. The driver, not knowing Phillips was underneath, began driving the truck forward, causing a trailer to strike him, police said.
Philips was transported to Adventist Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.