News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 11, 2013

Man dies, woman injured in trash truck incident

Staff Report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — A man has died and a woman has been airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital after they were found inside a garbage collection truck that had emptied a trash container where the couple had been sleeping.

Police and fire crews responded just after 6 a.m. today to the Hilton Garden Inn at Seventh Street and Wabash Avenue on a report of people trapped inside the truck’s cargo area.

Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse said the names of the people are not being released, pending notification of relatives. However, he said the deceased victim is a 46-year-old man. The injured person is a 42-year-old woman. Both are believed to be local residents.

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