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By Erin Smith

A worker has died following an accident at the Smithfield Foods Plant in Tar Heel on Tuesday afternoon.

Michael Jessup, 55, of Clarkton was killed while he was performing mechanical work on an overhead conveyor at the plant. The line accidentally started up, according to Bladen County Coroner Hubert Kinlaw.

The call for help came in to the 911 Call Center at 3:25 p.m., said Kinlaw. Jessup was pronounced at the scene.

Smithfield Foods’ Statement Regarding Accident at Tar Heel Facility:

SMITHFIELD, Va., October 10, 2018 — Smithfield Foods, Inc. is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our employees
following an accident at our facility in Tar Heel, North Carolina on October 9th. As we continue to investigate this
situation, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.