Teen employee dies in accident at Twin Cities-area Menards

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — An employee died in accident at a home improvement store in the Twin Cities area Thursday.

Authorities say a man operating a forklift in the lumberyard of Menards in Golden Valley died when a large pallet of wood tumbled onto his machine. Relatives identified the victim as 19-year-old James Stanback.

A witness who lives near Menards says dozens of police squad cars responded to the scene when a small crowd of people became upset that the store had not closed immediately following the fatal accident.

Later, a sign was posted outside the store that said it would be closed until noon Friday out of respect for the employee who died.