Greencastle man is crushed to death at Franklin County landfill


UPTON, Pa. - A Greencastle, Pa., man was crushed to death by a soil compactor Monday as he was taking soil samples for a new trash dumping site being developed at a landfill in Upton, a Franklin County deputy coroner said.

Deputy Coroner Ken Peiffer pronounced Brian G. Samick, 35, dead at the scene at 9:30 a.m.

Peiffer said Samick, of 2746 Hoffman Road, sustained multiple crushing injuries in the 8:45 a.m. accident at Mountain View Reclamation.

An autopsy was to be performed at Lehigh Valley Hospital this morning to confirm the cause of death, Peiffer said.

Peiffer said he did not know the name of Samick's employer.

Pennsylvania State Police investigated the accident at the landfill on Pa. 16 west of Greencastle. A state police spokesman said a report on the accident would not be available until today.

Family members of the victim did not return a phone call.


Mark Harlacker, manager of the landfill owned by Waste Management, said outside contractors were constructing a new trash collection cell at the facility.

"He wasn't a Waste Management employee," Harlacker said. "He worked for the engineering company."

Peiffer said it was not known how the accident happened.

"They were building the walls of the cell and he (Samick) was taking soil samples. We don't know why he didn't move out of the way. Those machines make a racket and they don't move that fast."

Peiffer said the machine's backup warning bell was working.

Peiffer would not release the name of the operator of the soil compactor.

"He's got enough things to deal with today," he said.

Peiffer said the compactor is so big that the driver is unable to see anyone closer than 30 feet.

"Nobody knows what happened," he said.

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