Worker dies at food warehouse


BLUE ASH, Ohio — A worker died today in an apparent early morning accident at a warehouse operated by a Grand Rapids-based food distributor, authorities said.

First responders to a 911 call found a man dead at about 1:15 a.m. at a SpartanNash warehouse, police in the northeast Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash said.

Police said he was between pinned between a wall and a metal ramp in a loading area.

Blue Ash police identified him as Donald J. Stevenson, a 65-year-old truck driver from Lima, Ohio.

The Hamilton County Coroner's office was investigating, and authorities said the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified.

SpartanNash spokeswoman Meredith Gremel said the company was also investigating and that "thoughts and prayers go out to the family."

She said she couldn't comment further on the death while the investigation was ongoing.

The Grand Rapids-based food distributor and retailer was formed last year in a merger of Spartan Stores and the Nash Finch Company.

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