One dead in Georgia Pacific mill accident

One dead in Georgia Pacific mill accident

PERRY COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - One person is dead after an accident at Georgia Pacific Leaf River Cellulose on Wednesday.

According to a news release issued by the company, Mark Chase Thornton died from injuries sustained on a mill in New Augusta.

The company issued the following statement regarding the accident:

"A work-related accident at approximately 9:15 p.m., Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at the Leaf River Cellulose mill in New Augusta resulted in the death of employee Mark Chase Thornton. Chase, 28, was a resident of Greene County.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and co-workers. Our company and employees remain committed to working safely and are working with the appropriate agencies to determine all the facts related to this unfortunate incident."