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TELL CITY – Perry County’s deputy coroner said final results from an autopsy conducted Tuesday may not be available for two weeks, but once received, will help determine what killed a Thyssen Krupp Waupaca employee found early Monday inside the company’s Tell City foundry.
John Gebhard told The News Monday that Frankie Jordan, 42, of Grandview was found slumped over the controls of a scissor lift he was operating. Paramedics were called at 3:41 a.m. and found Jordan pinned between the lift’s railing and another piece of equipment.
“We don’t know if he became pinned somehow or had a medical issue that caused him to slump over. Right now it’s undetermined,” Gebhard said.
The pathologist who conducted Tuesday’s autopsy is awaiting results of toxicology tests before ruling on a cause of death.
Jordan, who was a maintenance worker at the foundry, was working his first shift since getting married.
Ed Zellers, personnel manager for the foundry, said the company will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident while the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration pursues its own review.
“Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family from everyone here and all of Waupaca,” Zellers said.