Truck Driver Killed In Seed Company Mishap

The North Carolina Department of Labor and sheriff deputies are investigating the death of a truck driver at a Tyrrell County seed company.

John Johnson of Pinetops died at the scene, according to Tyrrell County Sheriff Darryl Liverman.

The mishap occurred Wednesday around 3:30 p.m. The sheriff says the 64-year-old Johnson was pinned between a tractor trailer and the loading dock at Cherry Farms Seed Company, on Highway 94 south of Columbia.

The company produces wheat and soybean seeds.


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  • by rk Location: wilson nc on Feb 14, 2012 at 06:24 AM
    I worked with JJ for 14 years.I had serious talks with him and it was clear everything he did was for his family.He was a good man.He will be missed. God bless.
  • by Fed Up on Feb 13, 2012 at 01:15 AM
    I wish WITN (and every other online media service) would stop allowing the posting of comments to articles. It serves absolutely no purpose.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012 at 05:33 AM in reply to Fed Up
      I understand your irritation at comments sometimes. Some are so ignorant it boggles the mind but just don't read them. Some people have some pretty good points.
  • by Bill Location: Lucama on Feb 12, 2012 at 05:05 PM
    Id like to say to the trash talkers.If you dont know what ur talkin about.Just keep ur mouth shut.Have some respect for the family.Cause apparently you dont for urself.Hr Johnson was a good man.It was a freak accident that "just happened".When its ur time to go.And God calls you home.Nuthin is gonna stop it.My heart and prayers go out to the family.I worked with the man for almost 8yrs.And he will be missed terribly.By a lot of people.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2012 at 02:57 PM
    Okay was'nt it just a couple a year ago that someone fell to their death from a grain bin at this farm or the one a couple of miles up the road?
  • by Joe Blue Location: rocky mount on Feb 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM
    I would like to send my condolences to the family of Mr. Johnson. Keep in mind that God never makes a mistake. Everything happens for a reason. Yes he took Mr. Johnson away from this hell we call earth but he is walking in the graces of GOD. To Clara, Veronica "LEE" and John Jr, i am sorry. Joseph Blue
  • by Sam on Feb 12, 2012 at 05:49 AM
    In response to Marys response it seems every one wants to blame someone I am so sorry to the family of your loss but as a friend of the employees on the loading dock seeing such a tragedy is so hard to deal with and we all need to remember all safety precautions in every thing we do every day.
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      by Family on Feb 12, 2012 at 09:36 AM in reply to Sam
      I have been with the family some and i have not heard any of his family lay blame on ANYONE!!! I understand it was tragic for the ones that may have witnessed it but they are not going through nothing compared to what the people that loved him are going through.
  • by glenda Location: tarboro on Feb 11, 2012 at 03:53 PM
    I am a family member and its a shame for the ones here trying to put the blame on whatever. My Uncle is gone and its so sad that some of you can make these accussations. His family is grieving and they are not putting the blame on anyone. Thanks to the ones that commented nicely of my Uncles behalf. He was a wonderful man and a hard worker. Things do happen in life and whether it was his fault or the companies it is not up to anyone of us to judge.
  • by family Location: tarboro on Feb 11, 2012 at 02:44 PM
    Sounds to me like Mary is more worried about the company this happened at than she is about the life that was lost and the family that is suffering...some people have no heart to post some stuff. What difference does it make that he was not an employee of that company...he lost his life there and a GREAT father, husband and grandfather is gone!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 07:27 AM
    My condolences to the family. My dad was killed in the Jones County Cotton Gin accident back in November of last year. Words can't even begin to express how their family must feel.
  • by Woot Location: Wilson County, NC on Feb 11, 2012 at 05:00 AM
    Johnny was a good friend & fellow truck driver with Con-Way freight where I work in Wilson, NC. It was told to use at the terminal on Friday morning that the ramp the the TT was sitting on had a light layer of sand on it & caused the unit to slide back with the brakes applied & pinned Johnny between the rear of trailer & dock while he was going to lock the trailer door. This is a very sad issue & Johnny will be greatly missed. May the Lord touch his family & loved ones & time will heal this. Thankyou
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