A Camden man died after he fell into a vat of melted chocolate at a factory Wednesday morning.
Vincent Smith II, 29, was standing on a nine-foot-high platform loading chunks of raw chocolate into a melting tank at Cocoa Services in Camden, N.J. when he fell in around 10:30 a.m., according to Camden County D.A. spokesman Jason Laughlin.
After falling, Smith was struck in the head by an agitator — a large paddle-like mixing device – and killed.
Coworkers acted quickly to try and save Smith. They turned off the machine but were unable to pull the injured man from the eight-foot vat. He was eventually removed from the machine by firefighters.
This story reminds me of this scene in the movie Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory… very unfortunately.