The Mahoning County Coroner’s office has determined that John J. Tomlin Jr., 21, of Niles, who was killed in an accident at Extrudex Aluminum on Tuesday, died of “mechanical asphyxiation.”
An autopsy found that Tomlin was crushed after a metal rack he was working with several others to move at the company’s Mahoning Avenue facility was dislodged from its guiding wheels and fell.
At the time, the rack was stocked with aluminum sheets, which also fell on Tomlin. Extrudex specializes in manufacturing extrusions for commercial, marine and industrial applications.
Tomlin’s co-worker, Dallas Bright, 19, of Cortland, was also severely injured and is being treated for second- and third-degree burns at a local hospital.
The death has been ruled accidental, but an investigation is ongoing.