FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A worker who was fatally hit Monday at the Edy’s plant in Fort Wayne was on his phone and unaware of a dump truck backing up toward him, police determined.
An autopsy confirmed that Todd Allen Ort, 53, of New Haven died from “multiple blunt impact injuries” and his death was ruled an accident.
Around 11:40 a.m., police and paramedics responded to a crash at the Edy’s facility in the 3400 block of Wells Street. An ambulance could be seen leaving the scene around noon.
A public information officer told WANE 15 a man was driving a dump truck that hit another man. In a release later that day, witnesses told FWPD a man was on his phone while working at the construction site and was unaware of a vehicle coming toward him. That’s when the construction vehicle backed over him, police determined.
According to the release, the driver is cooperating with investigators. A chaplain with FWPD is assisting grieving coworkers.
The incident is still under investigation by FWPD, the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Allen County Coroner’s Office.