Man injured after fall from garbage truck

Posted on May 30th, 2011 by Sara

A man riding on the back of a garbage truck was critically injured in Magnolia on Monday.  Here is the information from Seattle Police:

On May 30th at approximately 1:20 p.m. officers responded to a vehicle-related incident at 28th Avenue West and West Galer Street.  Preliminary investigation indicates that a garbage truck was traveling southbound on 28th Avenue West with a waste disposal employee riding on a platform on the rear of the truck.  When the driver turned westbound onto West Galer Street, the employee fell off the truck and struck his head on the ground.

SFD medics responded to the scene and transported the adult male employee to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Officers evaluated the driver of the garbage truck for signs of impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs.  None were detected.

Preliminary investigation indicates that speed was not a factor in this incident.  There were no other vehicles or persons involved.  Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.

  • GP

    The following was posted to the komo website on Tuesday am: ” Thank you to all who have shown concern. My cousin Justin Schmidt fractured his skull in 6 places, and as a result of bleeding and swelling in his brain he was taken off of life support last night.”  Very sad – he was only 21.

    • me

      He was 31, not 21.

  • SCE

    What a terribly sad story.  

  • Cascade Glass

    Super sad.  RIP Justin.  Good thoughts are with your family

  • airline injury compensation

    Injured person should get compensation. He is entitle to get personal injury compensation. If you have been injured in an accident due to another person’s fault, you have right to claim compensation. 

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