Woman, 39, is in critical condition after being hit by NYC garbage truck


Woman, 39, is in critical condition after being hit by NYC garbage truck as shaken eyewitness shares how they saw her feet sticking out from underneath it

  • A woman was crossing the street in Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn early Tuesday when she was struck by sanitation truck 
  • Victim was trapped under the truck and firefighter had to rescue her 
  • Witness saw victim’s legs sticking out from beneath the vehicle 
  • The 39-year-old was rushed to the hospital in critical condition  


A pedestrian was left clinging to life on Tuesday after being struck by a New York City sanitation truck while crossing the street in Brooklyn, with a horrified eyewitness reporting seeing her feet sticking out from underneath.

The 39-year-old victim, who has not been named, was said to have been trapped beneath the vehicle and had to be rescued by firefighters. 

The incident took place in the Dyker Heights neighborhood just before 8.50am. According to the New York City Police Department, the trash collection vehicle was making a left turn from 73rd Street onto 11th Avenue when it mowed down the woman. 

A New York woman, 39, was hit by a sanitation truck while crossing a Brooklyn street on Tuesday morning

The driver of the sanitation truck remained at the scene after the woman, who was stuck under the vehicle was hit

The driver of the sanitation truck remained at the scene after the woman, who was stuck under the vehicle was hit

The driver of the New York City Department of Sanitation vehicle remained at the scene, reported CBS New York. 

The victim found herself lodged beneath the vehicle. Firefighters who responded to the scene were able to rescue her shortly after 9am.

‘I saw two trucks there, two sanitation trucks, and I think they were broken down because I saw another car maneuvering around,’ an eyewitness told the station.

‘I had to maneuver around to park right here. And I just thought they were broken down, but I did see two feet underneath it.’ 

The unnamed woman was rushed to the hospital by emergency crews in critical condition

The unnamed woman was rushed to the hospital by emergency crews in critical condition

The woman was said to be unconscious when she was rushed to Maimonides Medical Center in critical condition, reported Brooklyn Paper. 

The sanitation truck driver was also taken to hospital for observation.

Department of Sanitation officials told CBS2 they are looking into the incident, saying that all of their drivers are extensively trained. 

As of Tuesday afternoon, no arrests have been made in connection with the accident. 

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