According to police, witnesses saw the front forks of the eastbound garbage truck lifting as the vehicle approached the overpass. The forks hit the overpass, shearing it from one of two concrete supports and causing the collapse. The driver was trapped inside his cab as the heavy structure crashed down. "I saw his body get smaller, and [I] stopped my truck inches away from his and jumped out and tried to help him," one witness told BCTV News on Global. "I grabbed him by the hands and tried to tell him help was on the way. He said "help" to me one more time and then died in my hands.A more recent news story on the accident is on the local CBC News webpage. The clearest picture is this one, from the local newspaper's website, where you can get the best idea of what happened. Yesterday's accident scene. The driver's name has not been released yet and I'm hoping it will be soon. You see, one of the guys I hung out with in high school with drives a garbage truck, and he used to do it in that area. The age and all the rest don't rule him out either. Even though it's unlikely, I'd like to put the thought to rest.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
If I had been twenty minutes ahead of where I was, I would likely have been a witness to a terrible automotive accident that took place yesterday in the late morning. From The Vancouver Sun: