Fall from pickup truck sends 54-year-old man to hospital.
A man died Monday in Wildwood, Mo., after he was thrown from a pickup while salting and plowing roads in a private subdivision, police said.
George M. Janke, 54, of Villa Ridge, and James O. Maxwell were on Bartizan Drive about 5 p.m. when Janke climbed into the bed of the pickup to fix the salt-spreader, said Capt. Kenneth Williams of the St. Louis County police department.
Bartizan Drive is a small street off of Woods Road between Manchester Road and Highway 109.
The pickup began to slide down the steep incline of the road and crashed into a retaining wall. Janke was thrown from the truck bed and fell on the pavement, Williams said.
He was "conscious and alert" and complaining of hip pain when police and paramedics arrived, Williams said.
Janke was taken to Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur, where he died at 7:20 p.m., according to the St. Louis County Medical Examiner. As of Tuesday afternoon an autopsy had not yet been conducted to determine the cause of death.
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