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Man, 60, dies in apparent industrial accident in Chicago Heights

A 60-year-old man appears to have been the victim of an industrial accident at a Chicago Heights metals plant, authorities said.

The victim, later identified as Romellio Crews of South Holland, was found inside of a hopper.

OSHA was notified and is on scene as the Chicago Heights detective division is conducting a death investigation.

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A worker was killed in an industrial accident at a Chicago Heights metals plant Thursday morning, officials said.

The victim has been identified as Romellio Cruz, 60, of South Holland.

Fire crews responded at 7 a.m. Thursday to the Vesuvius Factory at 333 State St.

Cruz was on the so-called “dry lines” and apparently wound up in one of the large mixers. Some mixers have blades up to four feet long.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. His body has been transported to the medical examiner for an autopsy.

Sources who knew Cruz said he was a great, hard working, family man who was with the company for about 10 years.

Vesuvius is a company which produces cement-like materials for clients like power and steel plants.

OSHA was notified and is on scene as the Chicago Heights Detective Division conducts a death investigation.

Emergency crews are at a metals plant in Chicago Heights Thursday trying to recover the body of a worker who ended up in a mixer.

The facility is called “Vesuvius,” which produces cement-like materials for clients like power and steel plants.

A worker on the so-called “dry lines” wound up in one of the large mixers around 7 am. Some mixers have blades up to four feet long.

Chicago Heights police haven’t released any details about the incident.

The name of the victim hasn’t been made public. But, WGN’s Nancy Loo has learned from sources the victim was a great, hard working, family man who was with the company for about ten years.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

Raw Skycam footage of the scene of a metals plant in Chicago Heights Thursday morning. Emergency crews were there responding to an incident. (WGN-TV)

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