Garbage truck driver killed in St. Marys on Monday rounds

An exhausted road flare is shown near the scene of a fatal pedestrian versus motor vehicle accident on Bucktail Road in St. Marys Monday that left a 44-year-old garbage truck driver dead. 

ST. MARYS — A 44-year-old garbage truck driver is dead after an early morning accident on Bucktail Road in St. Marys on Monday.

Police have identified the deceased as Jeffrey G. Lamb of St. Marys and the location of the accident as between Jackson and Benzinger Roads on Bucktail Road (Route 120) in the city.

Police said a 1997 Ford pick-up truck driven by Richard Sarginger, 51, of St. Marys, was traveling west when it hit Lamb, who was outside of his garbage truck collecting garbage from both sides of the roadway. The accident was reported around 6:40 a.m.

Police cite reduced visibility due to the time of day, fog and headlamp glare as factors in the crash. Their investigation is ongoing.  

Elk County coroner Michelle Muccio pronounced Lamb, an employee of Groll's Disposal in St. Marys, dead at a local hospital. She later told The Era he died as a result of "multiple blunt force injuries to the head and trunk ruled an accidental death due to a motor vehicle versus pedestrian accident."

A woman who answered the phone at the South Michael Road office of Groll’s Disposal on Monday afternoon declined comment, telling The Era she couldn't handle talking about the incident at the time.

According to police, Lamb’s garbage truck was stationary on the westbound side of the road facing east when he was struck. Lamb and another worker had reportedly left the truck to retrieve garbage from both sides of the road.

No other injuries were reported as a result of the accident.

City police were assisted on scene by members of the Crystal Fire Department of St. Marys, Emporium Fire Department and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.