FedEx worker killed in accident identified
By Yolanda Jones of The Commercial Appeal 11:48 a.m.
Memphis police have identified the FedEx employee killed in an apparent accident Sunday as Christopher Higginbottom, 39.
Higginbottom was killed a little after 6:15 a.m. at 2903 Sprankle, Memphis police spokesman Louis Brownlee said. Police said the accident involved a “tug” vehicle that struck a parked trailer.
“The victim was underneath the tug’s loaded trailer,” Brownlee said in an email Monday.
He said investigators are awaiting results from the medical examiner’s officer to determine the official cause of the death.
Family members said Monday they hadn’t received much information about the accident.
“No we really haven’t been told anything right now. We’re trying to find out,” said his brother, Tyrone Higginbottom.
Now, the family will rally around Higginbottom’s twin sons, who are 14, his brother said Monday night.
FedEx has only released a statement about the accident: “This is tragic and our hearts are heavy with sadness over the loss of a FedEx team member following an early-morning accident at our Memphis Hub. Our prayers and deepest sympathy are extended to his family. We are working with local authorities in their investigation.”
Staff reporter Jody Callahan contributed to this story.