A Ryder employee died Tuesday morning when he was pinned between a trailer and the tractor-trailer truck, said Scott County Coroner John Goble.

The accident took place at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky about 4:15 a.m., he said.

“He was hooking up the trailer and he didn’t set the air brakes,” Goble said. “It was on an incline, and the truck rolled backwards.”

The victim was alone at the time and was discovered by another truck driver, the coroner said.

An autopsy will be conducted this morning in Frankfort.

The identity of the victim has not been released, pending information from Ryder and notification of next of kin. Ryder is a contractor with TMMK.

An investigation of the incident is underway.

UPDATE: Toyota issued a statement Tuesday morning through Manager of External Affairs Rick Hesterberg regarding the accident, stating that production stopped for part of the morning but had since resumed.

"The incident took place outside the plant near one of the company's docks," Hesterberg said. "Production was halted this morning, but has now resumed while we continue to work closely with officials to gather more information about the incident.

"All of us at Toyota extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the Ryder employee."

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