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14-037 Deputies Investigate Apparent Accidental Death After Man Becomes Pinned Under Dump Truck Bed

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau

Pinellas Park Fire Department

Largo Fire Department

St. Pete Fire and Rescue

Brian Keith Porter (Deceased)
DOB: 09/23/1966
Address 1047 23rd Street, Sarasota
Vehicle: 1990 Chevy Dump Truck

What:
Deputies are conducting a death investigation following an apparent industrial accident in which a man became entrapped under the bed of a dump truck.

When:
The  incident occurred just after 11:29 a.m. on Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Where:
The incident occurred at the Pinellas County Solid Waste Facility located at 3001 110 Street N in St. Petersburg.

Why/How:
According to investigators, 47-year-old Brian Keith Porter drove the dump truck into the front gate of the waste facility at 11:29 a.m. on March 6, 2014. He proceeded to the Waste To Energy Plant building, where he backed into bay #3 with a full load of trash. Deputies say it appears that he started to dump the load and encountered some type of malfunction with the bed of the truck.

At approximately 11:39 a.m. he was discovered by a worker to be pinned between the frame rail of the truck and the fully loaded dumping bed. Deputies say the worker reported the incident when he noticed that the dump truck had been stationary for a period of time.

Various fire department personnel responded to the scene and used fork lifts to raise the bed and free him.

Deputies arrived on scene and began their investigation. Deputies say at this time the death appears to be accidental in nature. Deputies say there is no indication at this time that Porter or the vehicle are associate with a business. It appears he may be an independent worker.

The Medical Examiner’s Office responded the scene and will conduct an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.

The investigation continues.

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