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Canadian sludge hauler killed in Detroit-area accident

A garbage hauler from Canada died Wednesday in Sumpter Township, Michigan, when he was crushed by sewage sludge he...


A garbage hauler from Canada died Wednesday in Sumpter Township, Michigan, when he was crushed by sewage sludge he was delivering to a landfill.

The truck driver fell 15 feet into a pit at the Carleton Farms Landfill southwest of Detroit around 7 a.m. when the gate on the truck opened while he was standing behind the truck, police Chief Clinton Brown said.

Brown said the 38-year-old driver, Jovan Sarovic, apparently had tried unsuccessfully to open the gate to dump the sludge. After the gate failed to open, he ended up behind the truck, but it was unknown what he was trying to do.

Brown said another driver found the man dead in the pit after noticing he was not around his truck. The man had only been on the job for a few days, Brown said.

The driver is from Kitchener, Ontario, and was working for LDM Transport of Ontario, said police Detective Michael Czinski. Mike Valchev, general manager of LDM, said Sarovic was hauling unusable, nontoxic sludge left over from Toronto’s sanitary sewer waste treatment.

Matt Neely, the area president for landfill owner Republic Services, said the death was the first ever at the landfill. Carleton Farms in western Wayne County has been open for 10 years.

From the Associated Press