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Pallet falls, kills worker in FedEx truck in Town of Tonawanda

A Buffalo man was killed Wednesday morning in the Town of Tonawanda when a pallet loaded with 1,300 pounds of merchandise fell on him in the back of a FedEx freight truck, authorities said.

Earl W. Reese, 57, was working inside the truck at FedEx Freight, 1930 Military Road, about 7:15 a.m. when the pallet positioned against the back wall of the truck tipped over onto him and pinned him, police said.

Several employees immediately rushed to Reese’s aid but they were unable to move the pallet and a forklift was used to free him, police said. Town paramedics were unable to revive Reese, who died at the scene, police said.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified, police said. The incident appears to be an accident and no foul play is suspected, police said.

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