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Man killed unloading trash from dump truck in St. Pete

A Sarasota man died Thursday after he was trapped between the frame and bed of a dump truck filled with trash at the county Waste-to-Energy incinerator.

Brian Keith Porter, 47, pulled his truck into the waste facility at 110th Avenue North about 11:30 a.m. He drove to the back and pulled into bay No. 3 with a full load of trash.

Porter, who worked independently, started to dump the load from his truck but the bed malfunctioned, Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies said.

About 10 minutes later a worker noticed the truck had been stationary for a while and walked over to see what was wrong. The worker saw Porter pinned between the frame rail of the truck and the fully loaded dumping bed, deputies said.

When rescuers arrived Porter was motionless. Firefighters first used inflatable airbags to lift the bed off the man. When that failed, they used forklifts.

The investigation was not concluded, but deputies said it looked like and accident.

Man killed unloading trash from dump truck in St. Pete 03/06/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 6, 2014 6:07pm]
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