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Elderly pedestrian killed in garbage truck accident

An 81-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a garbage truck as she attempted to cross Main Street in Geneseo, Illinois, a city about 30 miles west of Chicago. According to responding police, the pedestrian accident occurred after the driver of a garbage truck turned onto Main Street where the woman was attempting to cross. The driver had stopped at a stop sign on the intersecting Center Street before negotiating his turn, so during investigations authorities may try to determine how the driver was not able to see the elderly woman in time.

The woman was transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries after police responded to reports of the crash. She was then transported to two other medical facilities before being pronounced dead. County police, state police, the local fire department and medical professionals all responded to the 6:35 a.m. crash.

While almost all pedestrian-car accidents have the potential to be serious, the elderly are much more susceptible to serious injury when involved in a pedestrian accident. Weaker bone structure and deteriorating health often make what would be minor injuries for younger pedestrians life-threatening for the elderly.

The two responding police departments will each handle a portion of the accident investigation. While state police will focus on the commercial vehicle involved in the accident, local police will perform the accident reconstruction before determining exactly what went wrong in the collision. While it is likely the driver of the garbage truck was uninjured in the accident, there is no word yet on his condition.

Source: geneseorepublic.com, "Pedestrian, 81, killed in accident with garbage truck," Oct. 31, 2011

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