A 43-year-old Belleville man died in an apparent industrial accident Tuesday morning in Granite City. The accident happened just after 5:00 at the Kraft Food plant, formerly known as the Capri Sun building, in the 2,900 block of Missouri Avenue, which runs parallel to Illinois Route 3. The man is identified as James P. Gentilello Jr. of Belleville.
Major Jeff Connor, Assistant Chief of Police with the Granite City Police Department, says he was pinned between a laser-guided forklift and a metal racking unit.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. This is the second industrial accident to take a life in the region in the past week. On Saturday, 47 year old Jay VanBuskirk of Edwardsville apparently lost his footing while stepping off a lift at the ConAgra Plant in Alton. He died at the scene. Authorities say VanBuskirk had fallen about 60 to 70 feet.