TOPEKA, Kan. — A 59-year-old male employee at Goodyear's Topeka plant died Sept. 24 after suffering injuries in an incident at the plant, according to a Shawnee County Sheriff's Department report.
The employee, Timothy Cole, had worked at Goodyear for 28 years, according to his obituary.
Shawnee County Sheriff Brian Hill said deputies were called to the plant shortly after 8 a.m. on the 24th, where they learned the man had sustained life-threatening injuries while working.
Cole was taken to a Topeka hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Hill said.
Circumstances of the incident remain under investigation.
"Our thoughts are with our co-worker and his family and colleagues," Goodyear said in a prepared statement issued to local media.
"At Goodyear, the safety of our associates is always our first priority. We are conducting an internal investigation and will fully cooperate with outside authorities. We are unable to share further information for privacy reasons."
Officials with United Steelworks Union Local 307, which represents workers at the plant, declined to comment on the incident.