NEW INFO: Trenton Man Killed At Cotton Gin

The family of the man killed at the Jones County Cotton Gin says the married father and grandfather took the job in October to pay for Christmas presents.

Dennis Foy of Trenton died Tuesday night at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville. His death at the cotton gin is under investigation, but officials think it's possible he was crushed under a huge bale of cotton.

Family members say Foy was married to his wife Shirley for 43 years.

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The North Carolina Department of Labor will investigate the death of a cotton gin worker Tuesday in Jones County.

Timmy Pike, director of Jones County EMS, says emergency crews were dispatched to the Jones County Cotton Gin in Trenton at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The worker was found face down. Pike says he was conscious but said he couldn't remember how he got hurt. There were no witnesses. Pike says one possibility is that a large bale of cotton fell on top of him.

Pike says the man, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital. He was transported from Kinston by helicopter to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Pike says he died there Tuesday night.

Calling him a "local guy," Pike says the man was from Trenton and in his 60s.

In a statement, the Jones County Cotton Gin, Inc. says the accident happened at their warehouse facility.

The company said they were notified shortly after 6:00 p.m. Tuesday night that the employee died.

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The general manager of Jones County Cotton Gin confirms a worker was hurt there Tuesday but refrained from saying how seriously.

Thomas Waller told WITN's Heather King that he planned to release a statement to the media regarding Tuesday's accident around 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The injured man was believed to be taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital with head injuries.

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We are gathering details about reported traumatic injuries for a man on the job at a cotton gin.

Officials in Jones County overnight could not confirm the details of what happened at the Jones County Cotton Gin Warehouse yesterday afternoon. The Kinston Free Press says a Trenton man in his 60s suffered a traumatic head injury; he'd been found bleeding underneath a forklift.

The report says the man was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. We will bring you updates on this story as soon as we can.

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  • by Jasper Location: San Antonio on Dec 4, 2011 at 04:09 PM
    I am truley sorry for the unfortunate and senseless death of Dennis.I fully understand that an investagation will be conducted. My concern is, was Dennis operating the forklift and was he properly trained and or certified to operate this type of equipment. If not then the company should be held liable for the incident. All Goverment and State agencies properly train and certify there employees as directed by occupational saftey and health standards. Please take my advice, do not be so quick to accept the outcome of the investagation. Hire yourself an attorney.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 at 05:41 PM
    God rest his soul.
  • by ed Location: kinston on Dec 1, 2011 at 12:21 PM
    my condolences to the Foy family, you will be in my prayers.
  • by Sandy Location: Trenton on Dec 1, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    My prayers go out to the Foy Family.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 at 05:13 AM
    Praying for the family.
  • by Bugged Location: Kinston on Nov 30, 2011 at 06:57 AM
    My condolences to the family. Prayers are with you and yours during this time.

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