Man hit, killed by rolling garbage truck

8:54 AM, Dec 14, 2012   |    comments
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CANNON FALLS TOWNSHIP, Minn. - A garbage truck worker was killed Thursday after the truck rolled over him while he was grabbing a garbage can.

The accident happened around 9:50 a.m. Thursday.  According to the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office, a Waste Management garbage truck had stopped to make a pick-up on 90th Avenue Way in Cannon Falls Township. Prior to the driver and his partner exiting the truck, the driver put it in neutral and applied the air brakes.

The driver went to the rear of the truck to pick up a can and his partner went to grab a trash can near the front of the truck. The driver then noticed that the garbage truck had started rolling forward and his partner was struck.

The 53-year-old man was transported by ambulance to Cannon Falls Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Minnesota State Patrol will be reconstructing the accident and performing a commercial vehicle inspection.

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