FARMINGTON — A 42-year-old man died after he was hit by a truck while working in a field that Navajo Agricultural Products Industries owns.
The man worked for Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers, a North Carolina-based business that leases land from NAPI to grow pumpkins.
The incident happened at about 3 p.m. Thursday, and the man died at around 5 p.m., said Richard Hamdy, the owner of the business.
Hamdy said the company was not releasing the man's name out of respect for his family.
The person driving the truck was also a Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers employee, who was delivering water to other field workers, Hamdy said.
"We're grieving with the family for their loss and trying to come to terms with the death," Hamdy said.
Hamdy said the business is working with Navajo Nation police and other agencies that are investigating the death.
Pumkin Patch Fundraisers is based in Greensboro, N.C. The company grows pumpkins and sells them to churches and other nonprofit agencies.
Hamby formerly grew pumpkins on the East Coast but relocated here after Hurricane Hugo destroyed the business' crops in 1989. The business entered a contract with NAPI in 1990 and has grown pumpkins on the Navajo Nation for more than 20 years, according to the company's website.
The business employees about 500 locals during pumpkin harvest season, which is going on now. It has about 15 to 20 year-round employees, Hamby said.