Details of fatal accident at Springfield landfill released
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.