Man injured in fall from Truckee trash truck
A disposal worker was injured in a fall from a trash truck in Truckee Friday morning, and airlifted to a hospital in Reno for medical treatment.
Authorities had not released the name of the injured man by deadline Monday.
Careflight transported the man from Prosser Dam Road at 10:20 a.m., according to Battalion Chief Gary Botto of the Truckee Fire Protection District.
One resident of the neighborhood where the accident occurred said the man fell from a garbage truck as it was making its rounds Friday morning.
“The guy that fell off that truck, fell off in front of my house,” said Mary Lou Sullivan in a phone interview. “I think he was riding on the front of the truck and fell forward ” on his head.”
Sullivan said the injured man was bleeding profusely from a head injury.
The man was an employee of Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal and was working at the time, according to a news release Truckee Police issued Monday.
“It was like falling off of a skateboard ” it was an accident that could have happened to anyone,” said Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal Manager Bill Carollo Monday in a phone interview.
The medical flight took about 15 minutes to transport the man to a Reno hospital. On Saturday, the man remained in serious condition, Truckee Police Sgt. Jason Litchie said by phone Monday.
Neither fire personnel nor Careflight employees would comment on the man’s injuries or condition, citing federal privacy rules.
Emergency personnel on the scene included five crew members, one engine and one ambulance from Truckee Fire, personnel from the Truckee Police Department as well as the air ambulance and its crew, Botto said.
Litchie said although people fall off equipment all the time, the accident was a bit of an anomaly since the injured man fell on a public street while hanging on the outside of trash truck. The sergeant said California’s Motor Vehicle Code contains provisions regarding passengers riding outside a vehicle, but the department needs to research the code sections to learn if any provisions were violated.
“At this time, there are no indications that impairment or intoxication were factors in this collision,” Litchie stated in the news release.
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