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Trucker killed in parking lot

| Friday, Aug. 22, 2003

SOUTH HUNTINGDON - A man was killed in the wee hours of this morning after being struck and killed by a garbage truck at a Smithton truck stop.

The unidentified man was pulled under the rear wheels of a Greenridge Waste Services truck as he made his way across the lot to his parked tractor trailer.

The garbage truck was driven by Jeremy S. Johnson, of Mill Run. Johnson could not be reached for comment.

The victim was driving a truck owned by ATS, based in St. Cloud, Minn. ATS could not be reached for comment as of presstime.

Greenridge Waste Services General Manager David Smith refused to release information on Johnson - including his tenure at the company and whether he was involved in prior accidents.

"It's a very tragic accident and we're still investigating the incident at this point," he said.

Belle Vernon-based state police responded to the scene. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident occurred just minutes before 4 a.m. The Westmoreland County Coroner's office did not release the victim's name pending next-of-kin notification.

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