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Update: OSHA Opens Investigation Into City Trash Truck Accident

The U.S. Department of Labor has confirmed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has opened an ongoing investigation into the deadly city refuse truck accident that killed 57-year-old Max D. Mitchell of Coleman.
12/19/13 Update

The U.S. Department of Labor has confirmed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has opened an ongoing investigation into the deadly city refuse truck accident that killed 57-year-old Max D. Mitchell of Coleman.

The investigation is a part of OSHA's duties which require an examination of workplace safety procedures and environment after any death that occurs at the place of work.

For more information on OSHA investigations, open the file above.

12/13/13 Update

In response to recent media inquiries the City of Abilene has released the following information regarding Thursday’s accident involving a City of Abilene refuse vehicle:

At this time both the City of Abilene and the Abilene Police Department are conducting independent investigations. Both of these investigations are ongoing and no charges have been filed at this time.


After an accident involving a City vehicle it is routine to test the driver for drugs and alcohol. That has been accomplished and the results are negative.


We can confirm that all City of Abilene employees who drive the refuse vehicles obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and undergo six weeks of on the job training.


The vehicle involved in Thursday’s accident was equipped with a back-up camera as well as back-up warning indicators. After reviewing the equipment’s safety features it was determined both were functional at the time of the accident.


Both the City of Abilene and the Abilene Police Department are continuing with their investigations. We will have more information as it becomes available.


12/12/13 Update

The man struck by a garbage truck earlier Thursday has died.

He has been identified as 57-year-old Max D. Mitchell of Coleman.

City Manager Larry Gilley issued the following statement on the incident:

“Our hearts are heavy here at the City of Abilene with news of this tragic accident. We offer our thoughts and prayers to all of those involved. The investigation into this accident is ongoing and we will provide additional information as it becomes available.”

We will have more as the investigation continues.

Original Story


Police and emergency personnel responded to an accident on the 3500 block of East HWY 80 where a man was sent to the hospital after being injured by a trash truck.

According to personnel on the scene, the man, a 57-year-old employee at MCG Drilling, had parked his vehicle at the back of the lot and walked behind the truck.

The man lost consciousness at one point following the accident, but regained it during treatment.

He was transported to Hendrick Medical Center with severe injuries.

We will have more information as it becomes available.





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