Flathead County

Employee Killed in Vehicle Accident at Landfill

Jeff Kruckenberg succumbed to injuries on July 2 following an accident in his personal vehicle at the Flathead County Solid Waste District

By Maggie Dresser
A bulldozer pushes mounds of garbage around the Flathead County Landfill in Kalispell on Feb. 18, 2022. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon

A 25-year veteran employee of the Flathead County Solid Waste District on Saturday morning was involved in a fatal single-vehicle accident while driving eastbound toward U.S. Highway 93 on Disposal Road at the landfill, according to a Flathead County press release.

Jeff Kruckenberg succumbed to injuries following the accident, which happened on July 2 at 7:03 a.m. in his personal vehicle.

Flathead County Public Works Director Dave Prunty advised county commissioners to close the landfill and container sites on July 2 “for the wellbeing of the staff after the incident was cleared.” County officials reopened the landfill on July 3.

“I’d like to send my deepest sympathies to the family, and he was a valued employee,” Flathead County Commissioner Brad Abell stated in the press release.

The Montana Highway Patrol and the Montana Department of Labor and Industry are investigating the incident.

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