UPDATE: 1 Dead in Greentree Landfill Accident

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UPDATE: An investigation continues into the deadly accident at Greentree Landfill in Fox Township, Elk County.

State Police say 56-year-old Gary Haupt of Penfield died Tuesday afternoon while working at the landfill.

Police say the cause is suspected to be accidental, but the investigation will continue.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) also confirmed they sent a compliance officer to the site Wednesday afternoon.

The officer will investigate the landfill’s workplace practices. Findings could take upwards of six months to complete.

Advanced Disposal, the company that owns the landfill, released this statement Wednesday.

This is the second of two deaths at Greentree Landfill in less than three years.

In February 2017, William Pierce died when the slope of the landfill collapsed.

The Department of Environmental Protection released it’s findings earlier this year, stating the cause was a misplacement of non-conventional waste streams.

UPDATE: The person killed has been identified as Gary Haupt, 56, of Penfield. The report states that the investigation is still ongoing.

KERSEY, ELK COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — At approximately 3:05 pm, a 56-year-old Caucasian male became entrapped between the rear of a tractor-trailer and the back of a tipping device located within Greentree Landfill.  

The man was pronounced dead at the scene by Michelle A. Muccio at 5:36 pm.  The cause of death is blunt force crush injuries to the lower abdomen, and the manner of death is accidental. 

The decedent is not being identified at this time pending notification of family. 

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