Rumpke worker dies after being pinned in Middletown crash

UPDATE @ 1 p.m.:

The Rumpke employee who was pinned between the back of a trash truck and a pickup truck has died, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

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A preliminary investigation shows that David J. Evans, 52, of Cincinnati, had stopped the Rumpke truck on Central Avenue. While he was at the rear of the truck collecting trash, a tan 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche, operated by Brian A. Jankovich, age 41, of Middletown, struck Evans and the rear of the Rumpke truck, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Evans was transported via Air Care to Miami Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Jankovich was transported to Atrium Medical Center with serious non-life threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol - Hamilton Post.

The Rumpke company was “devastated” to learn that one of its employees has died, said Molly Yeager, manager of corporate communications.

She said Rumpke is a “family” business and losing an employee is “a hard loss.”

“Like a family member,” she said.

Evans had worked for Rumpke for 15 years, she said.

UPDATE @ 8:56 a.m.:

A Rumpke employee was pinned between the back of the trash truck and a pickup truck in a crash Monday morning.

The employee, who was only identified as a male, was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital and is in critical condition, according to Lt. Clint Arnold of the Hamilton Highway Patrol Post.

The driver of the pickup truck, also a male, was transported to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown and is in serious condition, Arnold said.

According to Arnold, the driver of the pickup truck struck the back of the garbage truck while the Rumpke employee was working outside. The employee was stuck between the two vehicles.

“It’s very important to pay attention to what’s ahead of you,” Arnold said.

It was apparent the pickup truck did not see the garbage truck that was in front of him, Arnold said.

Officials do not believe speed was a factor. The speed limit in the area is 35 miles per hour. Arnold said the driver was most likely driving at that speed.

The Rumpke truck was properly lit, and the employee was wearing his florescent vest, Arnold said.

Police are not releasing the names of the individuals involved at this time.

No other individuals were involved in the crash.

Police said they are still investigating.


CareFlight was requested to a possible pedestrian strike involving a Rumpke trash truck in Middletown.

Emergency crews responded to the accident with possible entrapment at Marshall Road and Central Avenue around 6:30 a.m., according to initial reports.

It’s unknown how many vehicles were involved at this time.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

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