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August 19, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Man dies after forklift accident at Lynnwood Goodwill

A man died early Tuesday morning after he was injured in a forklift accident at the Goodwill store in Lynnwood on Monday, police said.

The accident occurred as the victim, a 69-year-old Bothell man, was walking through the store’s parking lot in the 4000 block of 198th Street Southwest at about 10:30 a.m. Monday, according to Lynnwood police. The victim, whose name has not been released, was a customer.

Police said the driver of the forklift, a 46-year-old Edmonds man, is a Goodwill employee. He told police he was carrying box of merchandise with the forklift and saw a “flash” of  blue go in front of the forklift. He slammed on the brakes and the box fell forward and landed on the victim, police said.

Lynnwood police Cmdr. Jim Nelson said the forklift struck the victim, which knocked him to the ground, and then the box fell on him.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died Tuesday morning.

The state is conducting an inspection at Goodwill related to forklift safety, training and operating, according to a spokeswoman for the state Department of Labor & Industries, but is not investigating the death.

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