West Point Kia plant resumes operations following worker death

West Point Kia plant worker killed in accident identified
Published: Oct. 8, 2014 at 6:37 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 8, 2014 at 7:35 PM EDT
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Operations resumed Wednesday following the work-related death of an employee at the West Point, GA Kia plant.

At 11:10 a.m. on Tuesday, the West Point police and fire departments responded to an industrial accident at the plant. The victim, 57-year-old John Edd Dunnivant, of Lanett, AL, was found dead at the scene.

According to sources that work inside of the plant, the victim worked in maintenance in the stamping department, and Dunnivant was crushed to death by a stamping machine.

West Point Police Department and Kia are working in conjunction with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, to try and determine the exact cause of the accident.

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia released the following statement to us Tuesday afternoon:

We are deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of one of our team members. While the details of the incident are under investigation, our thoughts and prayers go out to the team member's family, friends and fellow team members. Out of respect for the privacy of the team member's family, no further information will be provided at this time.

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia canceled second and third shift production on Tuesday following the accident.

Team members should call 706-902-7777 and select Option 3 for production-related updates.

The victim's family said they will announce Dunnivant's funeral plans when they're finalized, but will not make any further comment.

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