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Woman killed in forklift accident at Tempe work site

Tempe police said a forklift operator died Thursday morning near Broadway Road and McClintock Drive.
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TEMPE, Ariz. — A forklift operator died Thursday morning at a job site in Tempe, police said. 

The accident occurred shortly before 5 a.m. in the 1700 block of South Kachina Drive and involved a work site for United Southwest Components.

Tempe police said the forklift operator, identified as a woman in her 20s, was operating the machinery "in compliance with all safety measures" and that her death was the result of a "tragic accident."

United Southwest Components said they're working with investigators to determine the cause of Thursday's incident. 

"We are working closely with the authorities to investigate to help determine what occurred. We send our deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and coworkers," the company wrote in a statement.

The woman's identity had not been disclosed. 

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