Police ID Man Killed After Falling in Trash Compactor

A 59-year-old New London man died after falling into a compactor at the transfer station in New London on Thursday.

Emergency crews responded to the transfer station at 45 Lewis Street around 2:30 p.m. They found the victim had fallen into the compactor and was lodged in the machine's hopper.

First responders extricated the man from the hopper. He has been identified as Floyd Smeeton.

Police said he was trying to remove refuse from his pickup, police said.

He suffered traumatic injuries, according to police, and was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:09 p.m.

Police and OSHA are investigating the accident. An autopsy is scheduled to confirm the cause of death.

Anyone who has information about this is asked to call the Detective Division of the New London Police Department at (860)447-1481.

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