A 33-year-old work-release inmate was killed in Houma over the weekend after falling from a garbage truck, authorities said.

James Ellis Griffin, of Houma, was picking up trash about 5:40 a.m. Saturday on a truck owned by Solid Waste Disposal Inc. when he slipped as he was trying to get onto his perch on the back.

Authorities said Griffin was crushed underneath the truck as it was backing up between stops.

Griffin was pronounced dead at the scene.