Pinellas Park, Florida -- A man died Thursday afternoon after he became trapped under a dump truck at the Pinellas County Dump on 110th Avenue in Pinellas Park.
Investigators say 47-year-old Brian Porter drove the dump truck into the front gate of the waste facility at 11:29 a.m. He proceeded to the Waste To Energy Plant building, where he backed into bay #3 with a full load of trash.
Deputies say it appears that he started to dump the load and encountered some type of malfunction with the bed of the truck.
Around 11:39 a.m., he was discovered by a worker to be pinned between the frame rail of the truck and the fully loaded dumping bed. Deputies say the worker reported the incident when he noticed that the dump truck had been stationary for a period of time.
Various fire department personnel responded to the scene and used fork lifts to raise the bed and free him.
Deputies say at this time the death appears to be accidental and there is no indication at this time that Porter or the vehicle are associated with a business. It appears he may be an independent worker.
The Medical Examiner's Office responded the scene and will conduct an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.
The investigation continues.
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