News From Terre Haute, Indiana

News

August 21, 2013

Possible trash truck entrapment a false alarm

TERRE HAUTE — When a trash hauler working for Republic Services of Western Indiana heard a scream as he emptied a dumpster in North Terre Haute Tuesday, he took no chances.

He turned off his truck, checked inside (although he didn’t see or hear anyone) and called a supervisor.

“We called 911 to get emergency crews out here to check it out,” said Bill Edington, operations supervisor with Republic, who also went to the scene in the 6200 block of North Clinton Street.

Turns out, it was a false alarm and no one — fortunately — was inside the garbage collection truck.

Emergency response agencies at the scene included the Otter Creek Volunteer Fire Department, the Sugar Creek command vehicle and technical rescue and Vigo County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident occurred around 10 a.m., and Clinton Street was briefly closed in that area.

Responders got inside the trash truck and checked it from front to back to make sure no one was inside, said Brad Stott, Otter Creek fire chief.

The driver of the garbage truck “was concerned there might be someone in the trash receptacle part of it. He did probably what he should do  — be safe and call in,” Stott said.

He noted there was a tragic incident in Terre Haute a few months ago. In April,  a Connecticut man who had sought shelter in a trash bin died of suffocation after being trapped inside a garbage collection truck. The truck had emptied the bin, and the man later died and his girlfriend was seriously injured.

“I’m sure trash truck drivers are alert to what they are hearing going on with their vehicles and around their vehicles,” Stott said.

Kenny Depasse, Republic governmental affairs director, said, “All of our folks are conscious of the situation [that occurred in April], and they go to great lengths to make sure there is no accident in the future.”

Republic always has and continues to do safety training “to prevent any type of accident or tragedy,” DePasse said. He commended the driver and the emergency responders.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
News
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Obamas Attend Easter Service Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Raw: Easter Morning Delivery for Space Station Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Small Reactors Could Be Future of Nuclear Energy New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Raw: Crowds Rally at '420' Celebration in Denver Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity
Real Estate News