A 26-year-old New Jersey man working aboard a ship docked within the Delaware River was killed Sunday when two metal planks fell on him, police stated. 

Basim Gilliard, of Pennsauken, was unloading cargo from the ship’s maintain on the Port of Paulsboro when the planks dropped from a forklift and struck him round 9:15 a.m., based on New Jersey State Police Trooper Alejandro Goez.

His loss of life has been dominated unintended, and isn’t thought-about suspicious, he stated. 

A Fb web page for the Pennsauken Excessive College soccer workforce mourned his loss. 

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“Our sincerest prayers and condolences exit to the household of 2010 graduate Basim Gilliard who tragically died from a piece associated accident at this time. Bassim introduced vitality and like to our program like none different,” the publish stated. “He can be missed. RIP.”

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The vessel, named Virtuous Striker, seems to belong to a Greece-based firm referred to as Enterprises Delivery & Buying and selling S.A. It’s 600 toes lengthy, and was inbuilt 2010, based on the corporate’s web site. 

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The corporate didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark Thursday morning. 

As of Thursday morning, the ship remained within the Delaware River close to Paulsboro, based on vesselfinder.com, which tracks the places of ships. 

The Port of Paulsboro opened for enterprise in 2017, after the realm sat vacant for years. It welcomed its first cargo of metal from Russia in March of that yr, which officers greeted as a the beginning of an financial enhance in Paulsboro. 

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The South Jersey Port Company couldn’t be reached for remark Thursday. 

Goez stated the Occupational Security and Well being Administration is investigating the incident. The company didn’t instantly reply to requests for extra data.  

Amanda Hoover could be reached at [email protected] Comply with her on Twitter @amandahoovernj. Discover NJ.com on Fb. 

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