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Worker dies after crushing accident

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Donna Hardesty Donna Hardesty

BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - The Flowers Bakery of Bardstown is dealing with its first tragedy since opening its large plant in 2009.

Officials said late Friday night, a female worker was involved in a bizarre accident that pinned her between a heavy lift elevator and a vat.

"We've not had to experience a situation like this before," said Donna Hardesty of Flowers Bakery of Bardstown.

Management is still in shock by the accident.

"We did have an employee who was pinned between two pieces of equipment," Hardesty said.

Officials say Leslie Elder, 39, was rushed to the hospital suffering injuries to her torso. She fought for her life for two days; Monday morning, she passed away.

Management says she hadn't worked at the bakery long, but left a lasting legacy.

"She did make an impact. She had a wonderful personality and was very positive. We're definitely going to miss her," Hardesty said.

As the investigation continues into the accident, Elder's family is planning her funeral.

"First time I heard about it was today," said neighbor John Reed.

Neighbors were just as surprised.

"She was a very nice lady. I talked to her at the mailbox. She seemed very nice," Reed said.

She leaves behind a teenage daughter who's still coping with the loss.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Our deepest condolences go out to them," Hardesty said.

The plant makes bread and buns and employs about 200 people. The investigation continues.

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