Coroner: Man decapitated in an industrial accident at Tyson-owned chicken plant


EUFAULA, Ala. — A Eufaula man was killed Tuesday afternoon in an industrial accident at the chicken processing plant in Baker Hill, according to Barbour County Coroner Chip Chapman.

Carlos Lynn, 39, worked for the company contracted to clean equipment inside the Keystone Foods plant, owned by Tyson Foods. He died just before 5 p.m., when he was cleaning a piece of equipment called a chiller, Chapman said.

The cause of death was decapitation, Chapman said.

“He got caught in a pinch-point of the equipment,” the coroner said.

Lynn worked for PSSI, which cleaned plant equipment. 

Calls to PSSI were not immediately returned. The plant located about 15 miles south of Eufaula.

In a statement on Wednesday, Tyson said it is investigating the accident.

We’re investigating an accident at our Eufaula, Alabama facility yesterday that involved a worker employed by an outside contractor and will provide more information when we can. We’re grateful for the swift response and assistance of local emergency personnel.

Worth Sparkman, Tyson Foods

It was not clear if the plant was still in operation on Wednesday.

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