An employee of East Alabama Paving Company was killed Monday at an Auburn, Ala., work site when a dump truck accidentally ran over him, authorities said.
Ronald Gary Taunton, 55, of Columbus, was hit by the dump truck around 1:15 p.m. CST, Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said. Taunton was apparently directing equipment in the 2600 block of Lee Road 72 when the Lee County tri-axle truck backed over him, killing him instantly, the coroner added.
The death is being investigated as an accident.
Harris said Taunton was wearing a safety vest and the back-up alarm on the truck was working.
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The road was closed to traffic for a number of hours while Auburn police investigated and the area was cleared, Harris said.
Taunton worked for East Alabama Paving Company of Opelika, Ala., for 20 years.