Men buried under lumber in New Westminster yard identified

Two men killed at a New Westminster lumber yard earlier in January have been identified as Yun Zhao Yang, 60, and Guiming Chen, 65.

Yun Zhao Yang, 60, of Surrey, and Guiming Chen, 65, of New Westminster died earlier in January

WorkSafeBC investigators are probing the deaths of Yun Zhao Yang, 60, of Surrey and Guiming Chen, 65, of New Westminster, who both died Jan. 23, 2016 at this New Westminster lumber yard. (Kamil Karamali)

Two men killed at a New Westminster lumber yard earlier in January have been identified as Yun Zhao Yang, 60, of Surrey and Guiming Chen, 65, of New Westminster.

The B.C. Coroners Service says Chen and Yang were working outside the United Gateway Logistics Inc. lumber yard on Duncan Street around 1 p.m. PT on Jan. 23, 2016, when "something went wrong."

Lumber fell on them both, burying the two workers.​ Both Chen and Yang died at the scene.

In a previous statement, WorkSafeBC's Scott McCloy said no one witnessed the incident, but it appears, "the two workers were found under lumber that apparently fell on top of them."

The B.C. Coroners Service, WorkSafeBC and New Westminster Police continue to investigate what happened.

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