Autopsy: Topeka man died when caught in recycling truck

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka man whose body was found among recycling materials at a landfill building apparently was inside a dumpster when its contents were put into the back of a recycling truck, officials said.

Paul Vigil, 62, died March 9 from several injuries suffered in a cardboard recycler accident, according to an autopsy made public this week, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Vigil’s body was found by employees among recycling materials inside a landfill building. It wasn’t clear exactly where Vigil died, authorities said.

An autopsy by Shawnee County Coroner John Ralston found Vigil suffered gaping cuts to his left back and left upper chest and fractures to his skull, long bones, axial skeleton and multiple ribs. Several of Vigil’s organs, including his heart, lungs and spleen, were absent when the autopsy was conducted.



Vigil’s blood-alcohol level when he died 0.08%, the legal limit for intoxication in Kansas.

Topeka had about an inch of rain and a low morning temperature of 36 degrees on the day Vigil died.

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