Death of contract garbage truck worker under investigation

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Lexington Herald-Leader) — The death of a 30-year-old contract employee who worked on a Lexington city garbage truck is under investigation. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the coroner’s office has ruled Whitney Gardner’s death from head trauma an accident but hasn’t disclosed how she was injured. Her job involved picking up loose garbage and retrieving trash cans. Employees can ride on the outside of trucks under limited circumstances, but officials haven’t said whether she was riding outside the truck when she was injured. Gardner worked for the city through a temporary staffing agency, where she had been employed since 2015.