GOLDEN VALLEY (AP) -- An accident at a home improvement store in a Minneapolis suburb has killed an employee.

Authorities say a man operating a forklift in the lumberyard of Menards in Golden Valley died when a large pallet of wood tumbled onto his machine Thursday.

Relatives identified the victim as 19-year-old James Stanback.

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A witness who lives near Menards says dozens of police squad cars responded to the scene when a small crowd of people became upset that the store had not closed immediately following the fatal accident.

Later, a sign was posted outside the store that said it would be closed until noon Friday out of respect for the employee who died.