Coroner: Man’s Death In Landfill Slide Ruled Accident

advanced disposalKERSEY, Pa. (EYT) – The Elk County Coroner’s office has released the autopsy report in the death of a DuBois man last week at the Greentree Landfill near Kersey in Elk County.

According to a published story on, Coroner Michelle Muccio said William Pierce died from compression asphyxiation due to environmental entrapment. She added that the death was ruled accidental.

Pierce, 49, was pronounced dead on Friday, about 48 hours after he was trapped in a landslide.


Pa. State Police Trooper Bruce Morris, the public information officer for Troop C, said Pierce was found dead inside a wheeled trash compactor Friday after search crews found the machine around 10:00 a.m. on Friday.

“The vehicle was located under approximately 40 feet of debris, and the machine was lying on its right side,” Morris said.

Pierce was one of five Greentree employees working at the site Wednesday when a collapse of soil and debris happened at about 2:10 p.m.

The other four workers escaped without suffering any injuries.


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