Sheriff's office identifies man killed in Sedgwick County industrial accident

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VIOLA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office has identified a 56-year-old man who was killed in an industrial accident near Viola.

The accident happened just after 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Emergency crews responded to the report of a person trapped in machinery at Youngers & Sons Manufacturing in the 19200 block of West K-42, north of Viola.

Upon arrival, crews found Zachary Ritchey trapped in a tooling machine. The Sedgwick County Fire Department says they were able to reverse the machine with the help of employees at the company. Ritchey was pronounced dead moments later.

Lt. Tim Myers said Ritchey, of Wellington, had been working on the machine when he became trapped. He was an employee of a company that does maintenance on the machines. 

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