Garbage truck driver run over by own truck in Auburn

AUBURN, MASS. (WHDH) - Authorities say a trash truck driver was seriously injured Friday afternoon after being run over by his own truck in Auburn.

Police responded around 1:30 p.m. to Manor Road at Upland Street for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian.

“The initial report was that we had a pedestrian hit by a trash truck,” Sergeant Scott Mills said.

When emergency crews arrived at the scene, they learned it was the truck driver that had been struck. Authorities say they found a trash truck down the street that had went down an embankment, a snapped utility pole and a man in the road who was not moving.

“It would appear that the truck, because of the grade here, rolled over him,” Mills said.

Local resident Andrea Handfield told 7News that the particular stretch of road “has a dip to it” and that it can be a “trouble spot when it’s snowy and icy.”

A Republic Services driver was taken to UMass Medical Center in Worcester with possible life-threatening injuries, according to police.

It’s not clear what caused the truck to roll over on the driver. A crash reconstruction team has been called to the scene.

The road is closed. The truck has been towed away, but power crews are working to repair the damaged utility pole.

The driver’s name has not been released.

An investigation underway.

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