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A 44-year-old Pleasantville man was killed Tuesday morning in Middle Township when the trash truck he was riding on struck a utility pole.

Christopher Rice, of Gold Medal Environmental of Woodbine, was riding on the back of a trash truck traveling east on Highs Beach Road when the truck ran off the road and side-swiped a utility pole, according to a statement from the Middle Township Police Department.

Rice also struck the utility pole, police said.

Middle Township EMS and AtlantiCare medics performed CPR on Rice at the scene and took him to Cape Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after, officials said.

Police said the driver of the truck, Marcus Stotts, 35, of the Villas section of Lower Township, has not been charged with a crime. However, the investigation into the accident continues.

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