CRIME
01/03/2014 10:32 am ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

100-Foot Rock Salt Pile Crushes Worker

A workman at a Pennsylvania salt storage facility was killed on Thursday when a 100-foot tall pile of rock salt collapsed and buried him alive, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Police said the man was operating an industrial vehicle to move the salt when the "100-foot tall mineral pile toppled over," according to NBC Philly. The avalanche of road salt covered the machine and trapped the man inside.

The accident occurred around 3:30 p.m. at the International Salt storage facility off Bordentown Road in Morrisville, according to the New York Daily News.

The man's identity and age were not immediately available.

International Salt is "one of the country’s leading producers and suppliers of premium bulk and packaged deicing salt products," according to the company website.

Winter storms smothered the Northeast overnight and into Friday morning, forcing many road closures and canceling more than 2,300 flights.

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