Honea Path Sanitation Worker Killed on Job

A sanitation worker was killed on the job yesterday morning when a Honea Path garbage truck apparently backed over him. Fox Carolina reports that Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said that in a community where “everybody knows everybody,” yesterday morning’s tragic accident is having a huge impact on a tight-knit team. Mr. Shore said that 49-year-old  Richard Ernest Smith of Honea Path was pinned beneath the garbage truck and had to be extricated by the fire department. He was one of three men on the Honea Path Sanitation crew. Fox Carolina indicates Smith was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he died of severe injuries just after 7:00 yesterday morning. Highway Patrol states the fatal accident happened at 6:13 am on Pitts Street near Orr Street.

OSHA was also investigating the incident.