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Woman 'pulled into' machine and killed at Purple Mattress plant in Utah

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Purple Mattress press photo. (Photo: Purple Mattress)

GRANTSVILLE, Utah (KUTV) — A woman in her 50s was killed Thursday afternoon in an industrial accident at a mattress manufacturing plant in Grantsville, Utah, police confirmed.

The 911 call came in at 4:41 p.m. and first responders were dispatched to the Purple Mattress factory at 441 S. Sheep Lane.

The first police officer arrived three minutes later, said Sgt. Jeff Watson with the Grantsville Department.

Watson said police were told the woman was standing by a machine and got "pulled in" and caught in moving parts. She was already deceased by the time first responders were able to extricate her.

Her body was taken by the Office of the Utah Medical Examiner, which will investigate her death. Watson said there is video of what happened, which will be examined as part of the investigation.

From what police can tell based on their preliminary investigation, Watson said this appeared to be "just an accident."

Purple has shut down manufacturing at the plant "pending an investigation as we place the health and safety of our employees first and foremost," a spokesperson wrote in an email to KUTV News.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. We ask that everyone please respect their privacy at this difficult time.

Editor's note (Friday, 7 p.m.) — Purple disputed the idea that the woman was "pulled in" to the machine that killed her, telling 2News reporter Daniel Woodruff: "We can confirm a maintenance worker was injured and succumbed to her injuries while performing a repair and the employee was not pulled into a machine."

READ MORE: 4 workplace safety issues reported this year at Purple mattress facility where woman died

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