Man Dies After Falling into Vat of Chocolate in NJ

July 8, 2009 - 4:16 PM
Authorities say a man died after falling into a vat of melted chocolate in a New Jersey processing plant.
Camden, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a man died after falling into a vat of melted chocolate in a New Jersey processing plant.
 
The Camden County prosecutor's office identified the victim as 29-year-old Vincent Smith II of Camden. He was a temporary worker at the Cocoa Services Inc. plant.
 
The accident happened Wednesday morning as Smith was loading chocolate into a vat where it's melted and mixed before being shipped elsewhere to be made into candy.
 
Prosecutor's spokesman Jason Laughlin says a co-worker tried to shut off the machine and two others tried to pull Smith out of the 8-foot-deep vat. He was hit and fatally injured by the agitator that mixes the chocolate.
 
Cocoa Services hires a second company - Lyons and Sons - to do the mixing.