Madison County man killed in forklift accident

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PONTOON BEACH, IL (KPLR) – A 19-year-old man died overnight in a forklift accident while at work, the Madison County Coroner’s Office said Wednesday.

The coroner’s office said the accident occurred prior to 1:25 a.m. at 12 East Gateway Commerce Center in Pontoon Beach. The man, identified as Zachery Boland, was pronounced dead at 2:08 a.m.

According to investigators, Boland was using the forklift to load appliances onto a truck. At some point, the truck driver thought the truck was fully loaded and began to drive away, causing the forklift to fall backwards. Boland fell back and hit his head on the door plate of the loading dock.

Funeral services for Boland, of Mitchell, Illinois, are still pending.