Elkhart man identified in fatal work accident

A Warsaw Police press release states the accident involved a front-end loader. It appears the front-end loader was operating in reverse when another employee was struck.  The accident caused a catastrophic head injury and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner.


The deceased has been identified as Cedric Barnett, 31, Elkhart.


Currently investigators believe this to be an accidental death as there is no evidence of foul play. The coroner has scheduled an autopsy as is standard in a workplace accident involving death. 


The investigation continues and at the time of this release, representatives of OSHA were on the way to the scene to conduct their investigation.


Thomas Patrick Lanham, 54, of Leesburg, was the operator of the front-end loader. Lanham also is an employee of Meade and is cooperating with the investigation.

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