Lawrence resident killed in accident at landfill north of city

photo by: Mike Yoder

The Hamm Waste Services landfill north of Lawrence is pictured in this file photo from 2007.

Story updated at 1:26 p.m. Friday

The man killed Friday morning in an accident at a Jefferson County landfill was a Lawrence resident.

Mark J. Wilson, 59, was on foot operating a “tipper” machine when he was pinned against the dock by a semi-trailer backing onto the machine, according to a preliminary report from the Kansas Highway Patrol. A tipper is a large piece of equipment used to dump trash from trailers into the landfill.

The accident happened at 7:10 a.m. at the Hamm Landfill on U.S. Highway 24. The location is just north of Lawrence but located in Jefferson County.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig said Wilson was an employee of Hamm Waste Services, the Associated Press reported.

Wilson died at the scene, according to the Highway Patrol’s report. The driver of the semi-trailer, a 29-year-old Beloit resident, had no apparent injury.

Hamm Waste Services


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