Man pinned by load of asphalt sealant dies in Ohio

BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) — Police say a man unloading pavement sealant from a truck became pinned by a skid of the product and died a short time later at a southwest Ohio hospital.

He was injured Wednesday at Towne Construction Services in Batavia while unloading about a ton of an asphalt product used to seal and fill cracks in pavement. Police say a skid of the sealant that had been unloaded tipped forward, temporarily pinning the man between the skid and the truck.

Batavia police on Thursday identified the man as 54-year-old Carl Root but didn’t release his hometown. They say Root wasn’t a Towne Construction Services employee.

The company did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials are investigating.

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