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Sanitation worker Christopher Rice, 44, of Gold Medal Environmental of Woodbine died after the trash truck he was on ran off of the road and side-swiped a utility pole in Middle Township, NJ

Sanitation worker killed when trash truck crashes into utility pole, police said

June 6, 2017 at 3:25 PM

DIAS CREEK, NJ - Middle Township Police Department responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Highs Beach Road in Dias Creek June 6 at approximately 8:30 a.m.

The preliminary investigation of the scene revealed a Gold Medal Environmental trash truck, driven by Marcus Stotts, 35, of Villas, was travelling east on Highs Beach Road when it ran off the roadway and sideswiped a utility pole.

An employee of Gold Medal Environmental, Christopher Rice, 44, of Pleasantville, N.J., was riding on the side step to the rear of the vehicle. Rice also struck the utility pole.

Middle Township EMS and AtlantiCare Medics performed CPR on Rice at the scene and transported him to Cape Regional Medical Center. Rice was pronounced dead a short time later.

No charges have been filed at this time. The investigation is still pending.

Patrolman Thomas Flounders and the Middle Township Fatal Crash Team are investigating.


MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Middle Township Police are investigating an accident that killed a Pleasantville sanitation worker.

Police say that sanitation worker Christopher Rice, 44, of Pleasantville died in an accident involving trash truck he was on.

At 8:30 a.m., police were called to the report of an accident at High's Beach Road in the Dias Creek area of Middle Township. Officials say that a trash truck was heading east on Highs Beach Road when the driver ran off of the road and side-swiped a utility pole.

Rice, who was on the side step on the back of the trash truck, also hit the utility pole. Rice was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center where he later died.

Police are still investigating the accident. So far, no charges have been filed.



A 44-year-old Pleasantville man was killed Tuesday morning in Middle Township when the trash truck he was riding on struck a utility pole.

Christopher Rice, of Gold Medal Environmental of Woodbine, was riding on the back of a trash truck traveling east on High's Beach Road when the truck ran off the road and side-swiped a utility pole, according to a statement from the Middle Township Police Department.

Gold Medal Environmental, headquartered in Deptford, New Jersey, is a waste and recycling services company that offers a complete range of integrated collection, processing and disposal services.

The Company provides 24 hours, 7 days a week service to commercial, industrial, institutional and residential customers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Florida.

GME currently services more than 5,000 commercial and industrial accounts and over 150,000 residential customers with its fleet of over 100 collection vehicles.

Gold Medal’s fleet is 25% compressed natural gas (“CNG”) refuse trucks. CNG is a readily available alternative to diesel fuel that is made by compressing natural gas to less than 1% of its volume at standard atmospheric pressure. CNG trucks are cleaner, quieter and environmentally friendly. GME has plans to continue adding more CNG trucks to its fleet.

Gold Medal collects and processes over 150,000 tons of recyclable materials each year avoiding landfill disposal. Additionally, the majority of waste collected by Gold Medal is delivered to waste-to-energy (“WTE”) facilities creating a fuel for electric power generation.