On Wednesday, November 13 at approximately 6:50 a.m., a passenger vehicle struck a residential Rumpke truck on U.S. 50 outside of Medora, Indiana. The passenger vehicle had one occupant (driver, a 29 year old male) who was transported from the scene and later succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the Rumpke truck was treated at an area hospital for minor injuries and released. This is now the 5th solid waste related fatality to occur this year in Indiana.
The accident investigation is still ongoing.
This incident is a harsh reminder that passenger vehicle accidents with garbage trucks can be devastating, often resulting in serious injury or death. The primary reason garbage truck incidents are so dangerous is the sheer size of the truck. Not only can it be difficult for garbage truck drivers to see approaching cars, but due to the size and weight of the truck, coming to a stop or slowing the vehicle down takes time and road space.
West Area Safety Manager
Rumpke Waste & Recycling
Hoosier Chapter Safety Ambassador