Christiansburg Forklift Accident Kills One Man, Seriously Injures Another

Christiansburg, VA- One man was killed and another seriously injured in a forklift accident in Christiansburg Saturday.

Town officials say 50-year-old Robert Joseph Tucker and another man were using a forklift with a bucket to cut trees on a property in the 1000 block of Radford Road around 11 a.m.

We're told Tucker was operating the forklift when the machine started to turn over. According to witnesses, he tried to get out of the cab and run to safety, but was hit by the lift's elevated bucket. Tucker was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials say the other man, whose name has not been released, was in the bucket when the forklift overturned. The 22-year-old was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

Tucker's remains have been transported to the Roanoke Medical Examiner's Office, where an autopsy will be performed. The accident is being investigated by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.