Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Republic Services worker Luis Flores,47, died after he became caught in a hydraulic arm used to operate the netting on top of the truck he was operating at the Tessman Road Landfill


The identity of the man who died at an East Side landfill Monday morning has been released.

Luis Flores, 47, was identified as the man who died in an equipment accident, according to the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office.

Flores became caught in a hydraulic arm used to operate the netting on top of the truck he was operating, police said.

No one saw exactly what happened but San Antonio Police Officer Carlos Ortiz said Flores drove to the Tessman Road Landfill around 9:55 a.m. in a commercial dump truck.

Someone found Flores outside his truck with severe injuries about 10 minutes later.

"Someone called police saying he looked like he was in distress," Ortiz said. "But by that point there was no chance of saving him."

Paramedics pronounced Flores dead at 10:15 a.m.

Ortiz described the incident as an "unfortunate industrial accident."

Detectives are looking into the death.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the victim was an employee of the landfill.

Representatives of Republic Services, the company that operates the landfill, said they couldn't immediately comment on the situation.


A man was killed Monday morning in a workplace accident at a landfill on the city's East Side.

The victim's body was found at Republic Services Tessman Road Landfill off Interstate 10 near Foster Road, police said.

Officer Carlos Ortiz, of the San Antonio Police Department, said the man signed in around 9:54 a.m. to discard some trash. Minutes later, someone found his body next to his trash truck, police said.

According to a police report, an officer arrived to the find the victim caught in a hydraulic arm that's used to operate the netting which covers the load of the truck.

No one witnessed the accident, police said.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office will determine the cause of death.