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Victims in Lockport industrial accident identified

Two workers at a logistics company in Lockport died early Monday morning when about 8,800 pounds of countertop material collapsed, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

The victims were identified late Monday as Christopher J. Koosin, 38, of Barker, and Roger A. Mangine, 62, of Newfane.

The incident happened at XPO Logistics, 4890 IDA Park Drive. It was reported to the Sheriff's Office at 1:26 a.m.

The preliminary investigation determined 11 slabs of Corian, a material used to make countertops and benchtops, collapsed onto the workers as it was being unloaded from a trailer. Each slab weighed about 800 pounds.

John Robbins, general manager of the facility, declined comment, saying the matter was under investigation.

A spokeswoman from XPO Logistics' corporate offices in Greenwich, Conn., issued the following statement in an email Monday morning: "We’re saddened to report that a tragic accident occurred this morning at our facility in Lockport, N.Y., that resulted in the death of two of our colleagues. We’re working with our safety team and local law enforcement to understand the circumstances under which this tragedy occurred. Our deepest sympathies are with their families and our Lockport team members."

Marc R. Smith, Town of Lockport economic development coordinator, said the plant is a DuPont Corian warehouse of more than 100,000 square feet. Although it's in the town industrial park, their tax incentives have expired and the town Industrial Development Agency no longer tracks employment figures.

"I've toured the facility numerous times," Smith said. "I know they take their safety seriously. Our condolences and heartfelt prayers are with them and their families at this time of tragedy."

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