Editor's note: On the Streets is a roundup of mishaps from the front lines of the industry. Its purpose is to remind us all to remain diligent about safety.
A 24-year-old woman died Nov. 15 after pulling her Toyota Corolla in front of a Watts Waste garbage truck in Davenport, Iowa.
Police say that just after 3 p.m., the women stopped at a stop sign, then pulled in front of the truck, which broadsided the driver's side of the car. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was not injured.
The owner of the garbage company, James L. Watts, arrived but was told repeatedly by police to stay away from the crash scene. He ignored them and continued to approach the vehicles, police said. He was then placed under arrest and charged at the scene with "interfering with a police investigation."
Watts was released an hour later when he posted bond.
Cyclist seriously hurt: A cyclist in Toronto was seriously injured the morning of Nov. 13 when a garbage truck turned in front of her during rush hour and crushed her with its back wheel. The driver of the truck originally left the scene but later returned, according to media reports. The cyclist, a 38-year-old woman, suffered what were described as "life-threatening injuries." Witnesses said the Green for Life garbage truck and the woman were traveling in the same direction when truck turned right, cutting off the cyclist. Officials said that after returning to the scene, the driver was cooperating with the investigation.
Scooter driver cited: The 25-year-old driver of a Vespa scooter was hospitalized with a broken leg after a garbage truck ran over him Nov. 15 in Pueblo, Colo. The scooter driver was riding alongside the Waste Connections truck on its right-hand side in the same lane, according to officials. The truck signaled a right turn, then turned, sending the Vespa crashing into the trash truck. The Vespa driver was cited for "improper passing/overtaking on the right." "If [he] had been driving behind the trash truck, the accident could have been avoided," said a police official.
Truck stolen: A pickup truck owned by the town of Bloomberg, Pa., was stolen from its recycling center sometime between the evening of Nov. 16 and the morning of Nov. 17. The truck, a 1998 Dodge Ram 2500, has a sticker on both doors that reads "Recycle with us. Town of Bloomsburg." Police are asking the public for help in catching the thief.
Truck, ambulance collide: An EMT, paramedic and patient were injured when an ambulance and garbage truck collided Nov. 16 in Dryden, N.Y. The driver of the truck was also treated for minor injuries at the scene. None of the other injuries appeared to be life-threatening. No further details were available.
Car flips: A car flipped onto its roof after clipping the side of a garbage truck Nov. 16 in Wilmington, N.C. The driver of the car was hospitalized with undisclosed injuries. No further details were available.
Good worker, bad worker: A motorist in Salem, Mass., called police Nov. 15 to report an incident involving garbage workers around 4:45 p.m. He told officials he was driving behind the truck, which was working its route. One of the workers waved him around a truck. As he was driving around, another worker appeared from behind the truck, apparently became enraged, smacked the car's side mirror with his hand and began yelling at the motorist. Police investigated and determined there were no injuries.
Compiled from local news reports by WRN staff. To contribute to On the Streets, call 313-446-6767 or email WRN editor John Campanelli at email@example.com.