Investigation into garbage worker fatally crushed by truck

June 18, 2019

HONEA PATH, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina are investigating the death of a sanitation worker who was crushed by a garbage truck.

News outlets report Honea Path Mayor Earl Meyers released a statement Monday that says he requested a review after the June 13 incident. The Anderson County Coroner’s Office, OSHA and the South Carolina Highway Patrol will conduct the investigation.

The coroner’s office says 49-year-old Richard Ernest Smith fell or tripped while emptying trash bins. The driver said he lost sight of Smith while backing down the street. Smith was pinned under the truck and died at a hospital.

WYFF-TV reports an online petition says Smith was a victim of workplace bullying. Meyers says the agencies are aware of rumors on social media and will investigate any allegations.

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