A 31-year-old woman was crushed to death by a bale of recycled material at a facility in Fort Worth early Thursday morning, fire officials said.
She was identified as Renisha Mitchell of Fort Worth, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office. She was a worker at the warehouse, officials said.
The accident happened inside the warehouse at Republic Waste Services where the 1-ton round bales, which were stacked three high, became unstable, police said. Two of the bales fell and crushed Mitchell, police spokesman Todd Wadlington said.
The fire department sent several heavy rescue trucks about 2:20 a.m. to the warehouse at 6200 Elliott Reeder Road, officials said.
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Mitchell was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police are continuing to investigate.
Republic Services released the following statement:
"It is with great sadness for the entire Republic Services family that we learned early this morning that one of our employees will not be making it back home safely to her family. We are mourning the loss of our friend and coworker, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family, her children and loved ones. Republic is fully cooperating with the local authorities, and any additional media inquiries should be directed accordingly. Thank you." [[505127692,C]]