Woman dies after clothing gets caught in raisin processor at Sanger packing house

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
Woman dies after clothing gets caught in raisin processor at Sanger packing house
33-year-old Yaneth Lopez Valladares was processing some raisins when some loose clothing she had on got caught on a piece of equipment. She died at the scene.

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A woman has died after authorities say she got her clothes caught in a raisin processing machine at a packing house in Sanger, California, on Friday morning.

Fresno County sheriff's officials responded to the Del Rey Packing Company Dehydrator on South Indianola Avenue at about 11 a.m.

Officials say Yaneth Lopez Valladares was removing debris from equipment when something went horribly wrong.

The 33-year-old working mom had some loose clothing which got caught on a piece of equipment.

A couple of coworkers who were working a short distance away noticed she was trapped. They immediately powered down the equipment and called 911.

Valladares was severely injured.

But by the time first responders arrived, she was no longer breathing.

Officials say she had experience working at the facility. This was her second year working there.

The news devastated those on the property.

Some left in tears, heartbroken and shocked by what happened.

To help them cope, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office Chaplaincy unit was there to provide comfort to those impacted.

Valladares's boss was too shaken and distraught to speak to us on camera, but he says his heart goes out to her family and friends.

Cal OSHA is investigating the incident, which could take a few months to complete, and released this statement:

An employee working for a farm labor contractor named Blessed Harvest was working on a Stem Grading Line when their clothing got caught on a shaft to a cylinder that breaks up raisin bunches, causing the employee to strike their head.

They will also be looking to see if there were any violations at this facility and if proper training was given to employees.