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Worker Dies in Bakery's Huge Mixer

Police say she may have gotten caught on machine
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2016 9:52 AM CST
Updated Feb 7, 2016 9:36 AM CST
Worker Dies in Bakery's Huge Mixer
The bakery was "temporarily closed."   (Shutterstock)

A Utah grocery store worker is dead after what appears to be a gruesome workplace accident. Carmen "Jackie" Lindhardt, 45, was working at the bakery of a Ream's Food Store in Sandy, outside Salt Lake City, around 10am Wednesday when police say she was dragged into an industrial-sized mixing machine. "It was possibly some loose clothing, or she might have reached into the machine for an unknown reason and gotten caught," a police officer tells NBC News.

Another employee heard the woman scream and turned off the mixer, though KUTV reports the machine's augers aren't designed to stop immediately. Lindhardt was pronounced dead on the scene; an autopsy was scheduled for Thursday morning. "We're trying to determine the exact cause at this point," the officer says, though he adds police don't suspect anything criminal occurred. A sign posted at the store Wednesday said the bakery was "temporarily closed." (More Utah stories.)

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