Deadly industrial accident near Walt Disney World employee area

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A 61-year-old man has died after an industrial accident near a Walt Disney World employee area, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to deputies, two employees were emptying oil and grease byproduct from a semi-truck into a vat at the Harvest Power energy facility in Reedy Creek near Western Way just after midnight Wednesday morning. The facility is near Cast Connection and Property Control, not far from Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Deputies said John Korody was standing on a grate when he slipped and fell into the vat.

The other man tried to pull Korody from the vat but was not able to help, deputies said.

According to deputies, fumes from the byproduct overwhelmed Korody and he slipped further into the vat.

Reedy Creek Fire assisted with the recovery efforts.

Deputies have not released any names.

Harvest Power released a statement that read, "This was a tragic accident. We are all deeply saddened by the loss of this co-worker. We are in shock and grief and figuring out what happened."

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