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Louisiana sanitation worker killed in garbage truck crash

Posted at 1:34 PM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 14:34:36-04

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Police say a Louisiana sanitation worker was killed when a pickup slammed into the garbage truck he was standing behind.

Louisiana State Police spokesman Taylor Scrantz confirms that 40-year-old Ricky Mitchell was killed Monday morning in Baton Rouge.

The Advocate reports that Scrantz says driver Vincent Dipuma struck Mitchell from behind in a pickup while the garbage truck was stopped. Disposal service office manager Carla Smith says another worker riding on the other side of the truck jumped off to grab a barrel and was uninjured.

Scrantz says Mitchell was pronounced dead at the scene. Dipuma was transported to the hospital with serious injuries and could face charges.

Scrantz said a toxicology sample was taken but results aren't available yet.