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Dumpsters crush Morehead man to death at Lexington landfill

A Morehead man died Wednesday after being pinned in between two dumpsters at a Lexington landfill just before 11 a.m., according to the Fayette County coroner's office.

Jesse Hodges, 27, was helping load dumpsters for transport when the accident occurred at a landfill on Hedger Lane, officials said. Hodges was an employee of Demolition Disposal Services.

The company's president, Troy Thompson, estimated each dumpster weighed more than 1,000 pounds. Thompson said it was the first fatal accident in the company's 32 years. He said he does not believe the accident was a result of faulty loading equipment.

Hodges was pronounced dead at University of Kentucky Hospital at around 2:40 p.m.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Northcutt & Son Funeral Home in Morehead. Officials at the funeral home said survivors include Hodges' wife, Shayne Hodges, and two stepchildren, Kyler and Shelby Gilbert.