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Garbage Truck Drives Over Man's Legs - 12/02/19

A man is in the hospital with severe injuries after a garbage truck backed over his legs.

On Monday, December 2, 2019 at 4:04 a.m., Central Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a pedestrian involved crash on the Eastbank Esplanade at Southeast Salmon Street. When they arrived they found an adult male with severe injuries to his legs. Medical crews treated the man and transported him to the hospital by ambulance.

The officers conducted an investigation and learned that the pedestrian was not actually walking, but was sleeping under a blue tarp on the walkway between Southeast Salmon Street and the Esplanade. The garbage truck driver emptied a dumpster into his truck's box intake and then backed up over the victim as he was pulling away. The driver knew the tarp was there but was unaware that anyone was under it.

The incident is still under investigation. At this time no arrests have been made or citations issued as a result of this incident. Several possible witnesses left the scene before talking to officers. If anyone witnessed the crash and have not talked to officers, they're encouraged to call 503 823 3333 and make a police report referencing case number 19-412683.

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