Georgia Woman Dies After Getting Pinned Under Conveyor Belt While Trying to Retrieve AirPods

Alyssa Drinkard died on Saturday after getting caught in a chain that moved the conveyor on Friday

<p>Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty</p> A pair of Apple AirPods

Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty

A pair of Apple AirPods

A woman from Georgia has died after trying to retrieve her AirPod from under a conveyor while working on a shift.

According to NBC News, authorities said Alyssa Drinkard, 21, died after getting caught in a chain that moved the conveyor on Friday.

Per the outlet, according to an incident report from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Drinkard's coworker Fae’Zsha Smith told authorities that the 21-year-old was working a shift at a plant for Club Car — a company that manufactures electric and gas-powered golf carts — when her AirPod dropped at around 9:45 p.m. local time.

Per the incident report, Smith said she "was not able to get her out,” due to the way Drinkard was pinned. Her coworker said she then “called for maintenance to come and shut the machine down. They began taking it apart once the machine was down and called 911.”

A Club Car factory in Evans, Georgia
A Club Car factory in Evans, Georgia

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Drinkard, of Grovetown, was then freed after the emergency services cut “the metal frame from around the conveyor," and pulled her out.

According to NBC News, the incident report added that Drinkard still had a pulse when she was freed and life-saving measures were performed before she was taken to the hospital.

Drinkard was later pronounced dead at Doctors Hospital, per local media outlet The Augusta Press.

PEOPLE has contacted the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office for comment.

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According to an obituary on the Williams Funeral Home website, Drinkard died on Saturday.

"Miss Alyssa Drinkard entered into rest on Saturday, March 9, 2024,' the obituary read. "Memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 11 a.m. at B. A. Williams Memorial Chapel."

Her coworker Smith, who said Drinkard's arm got caught in the machine, told NBC News that she was "traumatized" by the incident.

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A spokesperson for Club Car did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment on Thursday.

In a statement to The Augusta Press on Tuesday, Club Car confirmed that one of their workers had died after they "experienced a critical injury while working at our main manufacturing facility in Evans."

“First responders were immediately notified, and we thank them for their quick response to provide medical care and transportation to the hospital where the worker unfortunately later passed away," the statement read in part. "Our sincere condolences and thoughts are with the family, friends and all impacted by this loss. We are working with authorities and the contractor in an investigation to determine the facts about what led to the incident."

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