NJ Man Dies After Falling into Vat of Chocolate


vat-of-chocolateAuthorities say a man has died after falling into a vat of melted chocolate in a New Jersey processing plant. The Camden County prosecutor’s office identified the victim as 29-year-old Vincent Smith II. He was a temporary worker at the Cocoa Services Inc. plant. The accident happened this morning as Smith was loading chocolate into a vat where it’s melted and mixed before being shipped elsewhere to be made into candy.Prosecutor’s spokesman Jason Laughlin says a co-worker tried to shut off the machine and two others tried to pull Smith out of the 8-foot-deep (2 1/2-meter-deep) vat. He was hit and fatally injured by the agitator that mixes the chocolate.

Cocoa Services hires a second company-Lyons and Sons-to do the mixing.

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