Cardinal Employee Died from Fallen Glass
December 28, 2011

Thomas E. Roche, a worker at Cardinal Glass Industries' Portage, Wis., float glass plant, died as a result of an industrial accident at the plant, according to a December 27 Portage Police Department news release.

Police found Roche dead when they responded to a 911 call from the Cardinal plant on Christmas morning, at approximately 2:45 a.m. Investigation revealed that he was working in a remote area of the outdoor yard, "disposing of large sheets of glass when it appears that they had fallen on him," according to the release.

Medical examiners performed an autopsy on December 27, and preliminary results show that Roche suffered severe multiple internal injuries that are consistent with the scene.

No further investigation is anticipated by the Portage Police Department at this time as no foul play is suspected, according to the release.

The Columbia County Sherriff's Department, Divine Savior Emergency Medical Services, and Columbia County Medical Examiner's office assisted the Portage Police Department in the case.

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