Wilmington - The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently conducting a death investigation at the Cherry Island Landfill after a man was struck and killed by a tractor.
Preliminary investigation reveals the incident occurred around 12:37 p.m., Friday December 26, 2014 as Aaron F. Harley, 52, of Wilmington, was operating a Caterpillar D6R LGP Crawler Tractor within the landfill. As Harley was in the process of pushing trash into a large pile and was backing up, he struck a fellow co-worker, Jose Luis Garcia-Hernandez, 42, of Newark, DE, who was standing behind the machinery. Mr. Garcia-Hernandez sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (O.S.H.A.) have been notified and will also be conducting an investigation.