A Meadville man working as a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation construction inspection supervisor on a Union City-area paving project was killed Tuesday morning.

Earle Chandler, 48, of 827 Irvin Ave., was run over by a dump truck at 7:59 a.m. in the southbound lane of Route 8, according to Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook and PennDOT northwest District Executive Bill Petit. Cook said the accident occurred just north of Union City Borough.

The driver, Richard L. Lehman, 46, of 1302 Silverwood Lane, Erie, was backing up when Chandler walked behind the truck and was hit, according to Pennsylvania State Police. “He was apparently providing safety instructions to a new hired worker when somehow he was run over by a dump truck that was backing up,” Cook said, adding that Chandler was taken to Hamot Medical Center, Erie, where he was pronounced dead at 8:55 a.m.

Cook ruled the cause of death multiple blunt force trauma. He said it was accidental and no autopsy will be performed. “It was just an unfortunate, unfortunate accident,” he said.

Petit said state police are investigating at the site, and the road is closed. It will be open as soon as the investigation is completed.

He said the project was shut down for the day. “The workforce is shook up by the events. It’s a sad day for us at PennDOT, for us to lose a member of the PennDOT family,” Petit said.

Chandler worked at the Crawford County PennDOT office in the winters.

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