A 55-year-old Uniondale man was killed while trying to stop his garbage truck from rolling away after he stepped out of the cab on Friday morning.

Nassau County police said Rudolph Skakel stopped the Mack truck he was driving to to retrieve garbage containers on Northern Boulevard in Roslyn Estates when the truck started rolling away at 6:13 p.m.

The victim ran after the truck and jumped onto a side step in an attempt to try and regain control of the vehicle when it sideswiped a utility pole, causing fatal injuries, police said.

Detectives inspected the truck and released it to his employer, Basin Haulage, after determining the the death was accidental.

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