Polywood employee dies following lawnmower accident

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An employee of Polywood died Wednesday, Aug. 7 at UNC Medical Center following a lawnmower accident earlier in the day.

Gary Matie, 64, of 1181 Cavel Chub Lake Road, Roxboro, was mowing Wednesday morning at the Polywood plant at 3300 Jim Thorpe Highway when the lawnmower wheels fell off a concrete drain pipe and caused the mower to flip.

A co-worker discovered the accident and called other employees to help lift the mower off the victim.

A Person County Sheriff’s Office deputy and EMS responded to the scene and took Matie to Person Memorial Hospital. Matie was then airlifted to UNC Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Polywood reported the accident to the N.C. Department of Labor, which has opened an investigation into the accident.

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