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N.J. man killed in forklift accident

August 29, 1997

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A 32-year-old New Jersey man was killed on the job early Thursday morning at an area trucking terminal after suffering serious head injuries in a forklift accident.

He was identified as Donald vanArsdale. His address was not available.

VanArsdale was a driver/salesman for Con-Way Transportation Services, said Gary Frantz, spokesman for the company. His job was to drive an overnight rig from a company terminal in Carlstadt, N.J., to the Con-Way Central Express terminal at 485 Mason-Dixon Road in Greencastle.

Frantz said vanArsdale was driving a forklift at the Greencastle terminal around 3:45 a.m. Thursday when he was killed.

According to officials, vanArsdale inadvertently hit a switch on the control panel with his body while he was leaning forward trying to adjust his load. The switch started a blade moving upward that caught his head between it and a stationary part of the vehicle.

He was pronounced dead by Franklin County Coroner Kenneth L. Peiffer Jr. Frantz said Con-Way is a regional, next-day delivery company that is spread out across the country with a network of more than 350 terminals.

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- By Richard F. Belisle

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