Truck's hydraulic arm kills garbage worker

Nov. 12, 2012 at 1:18 PM

SANT'EGIDIO ALLA VIBRATA, Italy, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The hydraulic arm of a garbage truck caught a 52-year-old worker by the neck and killed him Monday as it began lifting a trash can, police in Italy said.

Investigators said the man was collecting trash to feed into the truck's trash compactor when the accident occurred at 6 a.m. in Sant'Egidio alla Vibrata, a town in the central Italian province Teramo, Agenzia Giornalistica Italia reported.

The victim had not been identified.

A magistrate ordered an autopsy to determine if the man may have "suddenly taken ill" before the accident.

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