A 28-year-old man was accidentally killed early this morning after he became pinned beneath a garbage truck at the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority transfer station in Utica.
Police said William Pope, of Blossvale, was unloading his truck at around midnight at the transfer station on Leland Avenue when he realized he had left his truck in gear. Pope worked for Bliss Environmental Services out of Rome.
Police said Pope tried to climb back into his truck, but fell between the truck and a building. He landed on the ground beneath the truck and it ran him over.
Rescue personnel responded and were able to free Pope from underneath the truck. He was rushed to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, but later died of his injuries. The exact cause of death has not yet been determined. An autopsy is pending.
Police are still investigating.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family," said William A. Rabbia, executive director of the Solid Waste Authority.
The north Utica transfer station is a collection site for trash companies to bring their refuse. The authority then takes the refuse and later transports it to the landfill in Ava.