Macon man dies in workplace accident at Nichiha plant

Macon-Bibb Coroner Leon Jones confirms 59-year-old Willie Bonner died Wednesday morning due to blunt force trauma.

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MACON, Georgia (WMGT/41NBC) – A Macon man is dead following a work place accident at the Nichiha site on Avondale Mill Road.

Macon-Bibb Coroner Leon Jones confirms 59-year-old Willie Bonner died this morning due to blunt force trauma.

Jones say, just before 8:00am, Bonner was working at the plant when he was knocked onto a conveyor belt by a robotic arm. He was then crushed by debris.

Jones says Bonner later died at Medical Center Navicent Health.

The company released a statement saying this evening saying quote, “We are saddened and shocked by this loss of life, and are committed to doing all we can to understand how this tragedy occurred and to prevent it from happening again. The statement went on to say, “We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Bonner.”

Bonner was a a temporary worker at the plant, and had been there since August.

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Shelby Coates is an evening anchor/producer at 41NBC News. She anchors the 5, 5:30, and 6 evening newscasts. She also works behind the scenes producing the 5:00pm and managing newsroom assignments. She returns to 41NBC after working in Evansville, Indiana as the Morning/Noon Anchor and Executive Producer for WEVV. Shelby also spent time in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she spent three years anchoring and producing the weekend morning newscasts at WSPA-TV. She also worked as a general assignment reporter, receiving several honors for her investigative and consumer reporting. Shelby has spent time working as a news anchor/reporter in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Macon, Georgia; and Abilene, Texas. Shelby is a native of Clarksville, Tennessee. She graduated from Abilene Christian University in Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in sociology. Shelby has a passion for empowering local communities, church ministry, public speaking, strengthening women and mentoring young people.