Details of fatal accident at Springfield landfill released

4 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Friday, February 12 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 5:32:30 AM CST February 12, 2016 in News
By: Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police say that a Springfield maintenance worker who died after an accident at the city landfill was struck by a semitrailer.

According to a news release from the Springfield Police Department, 53-year-old John Wesley Choate was pinned between the trailer and a piece of equipment Wednesday as the semitrailer was backing up. Choate was transported to a hospital, where he died later that day.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Choate had worked for the city since 2008.

The Department of Environmental Services, which oversees the landfill, will conduct a review of the incident.

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