Employee of Westfield road salt facility dies in accident involving conveyor belt


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WESTFIELD, Massachusetts — Police say an employee of a Westfield road salt manufacturing facility has died in a work-related accident.

Capt. Michael McCabe says emergency personnel were called to the Cargill Salt facility just before 11 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a person "seen in an awkward position on a conveyor belt."

The outdoor conveyor belt services a salt pile.

The victim, identified by police as 33-year-old Robert Crossetti, of Westfield, was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Local police as well as the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration are investigating.

A Cargill spokesman says the facility is leased to another party, but said of the death, it's "truly a sad day in Westfield."

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