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Man Dies in Accident at Tides International

John W. Varner, 62, of Edgefield, was killed Thursday afternoon around 1:00 in a work related accident at Tides International on Hwy 430 in Edgefield County.  According to Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett, the victim was not driving but rather riding on a forklift when he fell off and was run over by the machine.  He was transported by EMS to the Edgefield County Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.  An autopsy performed Friday morning confirmed Mr. Varner died of severe chest and abdominal injuries as a result of the accident.