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Worker killed in Wilson packaging plant accident

Posted February 18, 2010 5:20 p.m. EST
Updated February 19, 2010 11:55 a.m. EST

— A worker at a Wilson packaging plant died Thursday afternoon after falling into a machine, authorities said.

Police were called to Peninsula Packaging Co., at 2540 Wilco Blvd., at about 2:20 p.m. in response to an industrial accident. Emergency workers found that Anthony "Tony" Ballew, 44, of Mount Olive, died after getting trapped in a production machine, police said.

The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health was investigating the accident, said Neal O'Briant, spokesman for the state Department of Labor. A preliminary investigation determined the worker was caught in an extruder machine, he said.