Updated 05/31/2012 05:53 PM
Autopsy sheds light on Glens Falls cement plant death
Three days after he was found unconscious at a cement plant in Glens Falls, an autopsy reveals more about the death of a 51-year-old Saratoga County man. YNN's Matt Hunter reports.
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GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – "As with any tragic accident, they're just trying to figure out what happened, how it happened and who's responsible," said Tucker Stanclift, an attorney representing the family of Michael Corbett.
Three days after a co-worker found him unconscious at the Lehigh Northeast Cement Plant in Glens Falls, the family of Michael Corbett is still searching for answers.
On Wednesday, an autopsy revealed the 51-year-old was run over and crushed to death by large piece of machinery.
"He didn't die of a heart attack or something that would cause him to be on the ground,” Stanclift said. “He died of massive internal injuries from being crushed by a bucket loader."
In a statement released Thursday, Stuart Guinther, the plant's manager, said: “We are deeply saddened to confirm that our employee, Michael Corbett, was found dead at our Glens Falls plant during the early evening hours on Monday. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Michael’s family and friends. As a company that places the highest priority on the safety of our employees, we are committed to working closely with the police and appropriate authorities and cooperating to the fullest extent possible. Since the investigation is ongoing, we cannot offer further comment at this time.”
While Glens Falls Police continue their investigation, Corbett's family has hired Stanclift. He says his office's investigation has found six staff members were on duty Monday night.
"The good news is, that limits the scope of our investigation, probably, to those six people," Stanclift said.
Glens Falls Police Captain Robert Ash confirmed Corbett's autopsy results revealed he was run over and crushed to death, however, due to a lack of witnesses, they say it's still unclear who was driving and if Corbett was already on the ground at the time.
"I think it's hard to say that someone who gets crushed by a bucket loader is just an accident. I mean, yes, accidents happen, but there's responsibility there," Stanclift said.