Worker dies after wood pile pins him against forklift
COSTA MESA, Calif. - An employee at Ganahl Lumber, one of the oldest lumber companies in California, was killed Friday after a pile of lumber fell and pinned him against a forklift.
Officials say several thousand pounds of lumber crushed Ricardo Castorena, 28, when he was working. Castorena was pronounced dead just minutes after paramedics arrived.
Not many details have been released. It's unclear how the pile fell over. The city's search and rescue team worked late into the night Friday to remove the pile. The coroner's office will conduct an investigation, says the town's fire department.
Founded in 1884, Ganahl Lumber says on its website that it's the oldest lumber business in the state of California. The company sells tools, doors, millwork, and other building supplies.

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