INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Thomas Welch was collecting trash on the city's northeast side when something happened that ended his life.
Investigators are trying to determine if the 45-year-old was walking or riding on the back of the garbage truck moments before the accident.
Paramedics found the DPW worker pinned between a tree and a truck.
Police say the man driving the city garbage truck was tested for drugs and alcohol. The blood test is standard procedure in any crash involving a city vehicle.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends riding in the vehicle cab when traveling to or between collection routes rather than on the side step. Use the riding steps on the side of the vehicle only when moving forward for short distances and only at speeds of 10 mph or less.
The agency warns to never stand on the steps when the vehicle is backing up because someone could slip and be run over.
City leaders aren't saying if any of these recommendations were overlooked.
"All of our drivers and laborers go through safety and equipment training. So, they are well trained," Stephanie Sample said. "We don't have reason to believe that anything like that happened."
Mayor Ballard Tweeted Monday afternoon:
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