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Truck runs over, kills man at Cumberland County Amazon warehouse

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A Perry County man died Tuesday after a truck ran over him at Amazon's distribution center in South Middleton Township, Cumberland County.

Devan Michael Shoemaker, 28, was helping to hook the truck to a trailer when the truck driver accidentally ran over him, Cumberland County Coroner Charles Hall said Wednesday.

Shoemaker was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.

The fatal accident was the second one to take place at the South Middleton Township warehouse. A woman also died there in 2014 after a motorized pallet jack she was operating crashed into shelving.

"The safety of our employees is incredibly important to us," Amazon said in a statement Thursday. "Our thoughts are with Devan’s family and friends during this difficult time."

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Tania January 30, 2018 4:54 am

It is very shocking to hear the death news of a Perry County man. This can be an accident. I feel sad for this man and also his family. Sometimes accidents can happen and we cannot predict the upcoming situation. google chrome keeps freezing

Leroy9 November 29, 2017 3:28 pm

I think we all don't know what exactly happened there and instead to blame the driver we should pray for him and his family. I know it's driver's responsibility but sometime situation is not our control. However, I want writemypaper4me review but at the same time this is sound good for all of us.

Robin October 2, 2017 8:00 pm

Devan has worked at Amazon for the last 7 years so inexperience has nothing to do with this situation and unfortunately we may never know what happened. Only thing to do at this time is quit making assumptions and say a prayer for the family.

Mike d September 25, 2017 3:38 pm

That's because Amazon training these people in 3 days to be professional yard spottere

Dorothy long September 21, 2017 10:21 am

Dear jennifer wentz,
I also work at amazon warehouse.i am also a truck driver.i have been trying to get the yard jocky position.i am a class a, all endorsement truck driver.i keep being turn down to associates with a car lisence.ive been driving for only get 30hours worth of training.It is the law that you have to have a cdl lisence to be behind the weel of a tractor trailer!this is what happens when you put someone with no experience behind the wheel of a tractor trailer.thoughts and prayers go to the person who yard jockey program should be shut down for people with a car lisence and give it to people with cdl's!major lawsuits and fines and shut down of that ridiculus program should be in place!
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