CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Names of the three Charleston refuse workers involved in a garbage truck crash along I-77 this weekend have been released.
City Public Works Director Brent Webster said passenger Jesse Goff, 22, died in the wreck.
“He was almost a five year employee. He came on right after he turned 18,” Webster said.
Webster was a guest on Monday’s “580 Live” with Mayor Danny Jones heard on MetroNews affiliate 580-WCHS.
The wreck happened Saturday afternoon on I-77 southbound near the Westmoreland exit. The truck overturned and all three workers were ejected from the vehicle.
The two other workers were injured. Beejay Taylor, a 12 year employee, was still hospitalized with serious injuries as of Monday morning. Taylor, 44, was the driver of the truck. Chris Harrison, a five year employee, was a passenger in the truck. Harrison, 24, was treated and released from the hospital Saturday.
Webster said the workers were taking part in a Kanawha County clean up in the Elk River area.
“This truck was coming, it had a full load or a near full load and they were heading to the landfill. This crash happened right around the I-77/I-64 split,” he said.
All three workers were not wearing their seat belts, Webster said.
Traffic was diverted for several hours Saturday.
Funeral arrangements for Goff will be announced later this week.