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Paper mill accident victim identified

POSTED: November 29, 2013 11:52 a.m.

A man was killed shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday at an Interstate Paper warehouse on Interstate Paper road in Riceboro.

According to Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jon Long, the man, a truck driver who was not an employee of Interstate Paper, was conducting business at the warehouse, where paper products are loaded. He apparently was caught between a truck and a loading device and was crushed.

Liberty County Coroner Reginald Pierce said the victim, Ricky Venator, 60, of Wadesboro, N.C., sustained blunt-force trauma from the accident.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident. Long was unable to provide additional details, but said the body will be taken to a GBI crime lab for an autopsy.

Initial police-scanner traffic indicated the man was alive when emergency medical personnel arrived and attempted to revive him. A medical helicopter reportedly was en route when the man died.

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