Neb. inmate dies, 1 injured in workplace accident

Inmates were on work release when accident occurred at recycling plant

Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. — Authorities say a man who was killed and another who was injured at a Lincoln recycling plant were prison inmates on work release.

The Department of Correctional Services says 58-year-old Dennis Hines was pronounced dead at a Lincoln hospital after a concrete wall fell on him around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Another inmate, 46-year-old Jarrod Mittan, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and was expected to be released Friday.

Corrections officials say Hines and Mittan were working at Mid-America Recycling when a skid-steer loader made contact with a retaining wall and knocked it over onto Hines. Mittan was knocked out of the way.

Hines was serving six to 10 years for a drug conviction. Mittan is serving five to 12 years for theft and drug convictions.

A grand jury will investigate.

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