Lafayette, Ind.-An industrial accident at Fairfield left one man dead and another injured when they became pinned between a forklift and a semi truck trailer.  The fatal accident occurred on May 19, 2011 at 11:49 a.m. at the loading dock of the plant at 2309 Concord Road, Lafayette, Indiana.

The Lafayette Police Department reported that the two employees were injured when they became pinned between a forklift and a semi-truck trailer on a rear loading dock.  The details of the accident have not yet been released.  One victim identified as Gregory Peterson II, 22, sustained an arm injury and was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital.  The responding rescue crew pronounced the second victim, 28 year old Kyle Rhodes, dead at the scene.  The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) will be conducting an in depth investigation into this industrial accident.  An IOSHA investigator has been sent to Fairfield, but no information can be released until the investigation is complete.  For more information see

The Tippecanoe County Coroner’s Office stated that an autopsy has been performed.  The CEO of Fairfield Manufacturing has indicated that they are offering grief counseling to their employees, and confirmed that they would be working with IOSHA and local authorities to better understand what happened on the day of the accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a forklift or large tractor trailer contact William “Bill” Hurst or call toll free 800-636-0808 to schedule a free consultation.


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Bill Hurst has successfully represented hundreds of accident victims, and has limited his practice to personal injury cases for over thirty-five (35) years. Bill has helped families with tragic life altering injuries and deaths. Bill has obtained substantial verdicts and settlements to compensate families for their losses. He is a graduate, with honors, from Indiana University School of Law. He has served on the Executive Committee and is a Director Emeritus of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. He has published articles on various personal injury topics and has lectured at various legal seminars. Bill is listed in Naifeh and Smith, The Best Lawyers in America and has been for over ten (10) years, Bill is selected as a “Super Lawyer” by the Indianapolis Monthly Magazine from its first publication in 2002 to its most recent; he was selected as one of Indiana’s Top 100 Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association. In 2000, Bill was named the Indiana Trial Lawyer Of The Year by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. Bill has the highest rating given by Martindale Hubble, as does his law firm. Bill has extensive litigation experience involving automobile, truck, motorcycle, bike accidents, slip and fall cases, product and manufacturing failures, dangerous drugs, product design, construction site accidents and more. He has represented clients not only in Indiana but also throughout the Country. Bill successfully represented the State of Indiana in the Tobacco Litigation. He has been involved in mass tort litigation, representing all women in the State of Indiana in the Norplant litigation, breast implant litigation, and represents represented numerous clients in the Vioxx litigation. Bill believes that every case is unique and requires special personal attention. You may email him at or call (800) 636-0808 for a free consultation.

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