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Woman dies in forklift accident at Tempe business

Posted at 12:32 PM, Jun 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-16 16:14:56-04

TEMPE, AZ — A woman is dead after a forklift accident at a Tempe business Thursday morning.

The incident occurred at United Southwest Components, located near McClintock Drive and Broadway Road, at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

Tempe police say the woman, who was in her late 20's, was pronounced dead when they arrived at the scene.

"We were deeply saddened to learn of the accident at approximately 4:30 a.m. on our job site in Tempe involving a forklift and resulting in the fatality of one of our employees. We are working closely with the authorities to investigate to help determine what occurred," United Southwest Components officials said in a statement. "We send our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and coworkers."

Authorities say the woman was a certified forklift operator and was in compliance with all safety measures. They are referring to the incident as a "tragic accident."

The woman's identity has not been released.