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Deputies investigating deadly workplace incident in Robeson County

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Deputies are investigating a deadly workplace accident that happened Sunday morning at Campbell Soup on Highway 71 North in the Maxton community of Robeson County, according to officials on scene.

Officials said one man is dead and another had to be airlifted to the hospital.

We're told the accident involved a dumpster and a forklift.

Several people who work at the plant told us the man died after a dumpster that was being carried by a forklift fell on him. Another coworker was also badly injured.

His condition isn't being released.

A worker who wished to remain anonymous said he's deeply hurt by what happened.

"It was really heartbreaking when I got the news. It was shocking. I couldn't believe it. It was just, I didn't believe that something like that had happened. You know, it hurt me," he said.

He added everyone at the plant may not know each other well, but when one hurts, all hurt.

"We're like a family. We don't always get a long. Have our ups and downs. But when you work with a group of people. You become family. I'm sure everybody is devastated," he said.

Some workers tell us all shifts at the plant are closed for Monday, but a meeting will take place at the plant to discuss the deadly accident.

They said grief counselors will also be available for those who need them.

We've contacted the the N.C. Department of Labor and the N.C. Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

This is a developing story. Stay with ABC15 News as more information becomes available.

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