Man identified in fatal Jamestown landfill incident

Danny Howard, 65, of Grand Forks, who was working at the landfill, was struck and run over by a dump truck and payloader, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said in a news release.

JAMESTOWN, N.D. — A man who was struck and killed by a dump truck and payloader on Saturday afternoon at the Jamestown landfill has been identified.

Danny Howard, 65, of Grand Forks, who was working at the landfill, was struck and run over by a dump truck and payloader, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said in a news release.

The dump truck, a 1978 Ford 9000, was unoccupied at the time of the incident, the Patrol said. The payloader, a Caterpillar 980G, was being operated by Aaron Wimpfheimer, 45, of Grafton, N.D. Wimpfheimer was uninjured.

When the incident occurred, Wimpfheimer was attempting to push start the dump truck with payloader, the Patrol said. Wimpfheimer approached the dump truck from the rear and began to push the dump truck forward. Howard was walking in front of the dump truck when the payloader began to push the dump truck. Howard was run over by both vehicles, the Patrol's release said.

Howard was pronounced dead at the Jamestown Regional Medical Center.

The dump truck and payloader were owned by On the Level Construction Inc. of Grafton, where Howard and Wimpfheimer are employed. The company had been contracted by the city of Jamestown to conduct a cover project at the landfill and were working on this project at the time of the incident.