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.
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.
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.
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.