Florida Trash Collector Dies When Head Is Crushed By Compactor

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A Florida trash collection worker is dead after he was involved in what authorities are calling an "industrial accident."

Leroy Firestone, 58, was working on the hydraulics of a garbage truck on Tuesday when the "hydraulic blade/door" on the side of the truck closed on his head, crushing it," according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. Apparently, another employee had pushed the button to close it, unaware that Firestone's head was in the way, investigators say.

Although Firestone's death appears to have been accidental, sheriff's detectives are conducting an investigation just to be sure, a rep says.

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