Jonesboro Man Dies in Industrial Accident

JONESBORO, AR - A Jonesboro man is dead as the result of an industrial accident that occured Monday afternoon in Jonesboro.

Police say 44-year-old Matthew Rouse died after falling from a forklift while installing Internet cable on a warehouse owned by CNI Construction, at 5214 Stadium Boulevard.

Detective Scott Baker of the Jonesboro Police Department said Rouse was in a forklift basket when the weight in the basket shifted, causing Rouse to fall approximately 8-and-a-half feet onto a concrete floor.  The steel basket then fell on top of Rouse, causing a traumatic head injury.

The accident occured shortly after 2 p.m.

Rouse was the owner/operator of Dish Express, Inc. of Jonesboro.  His funeral arrangments are being handled by Emerson Funeral Home.