Motorist and bicyclist die after colliding with WM trucks
EDMONTON, Alberta and DEL RAY, Fla. On May 22 at approximately 7:15 a.m. in Edmonton, Alberta, a Waste Management front end loader truck attempting to make a right turn was struck on the right side by a bicyclist. The 50-year-old woman died at the scene of the incident.
A day earlier in Delray Beach, Fla., at approximately 8:50 a.m., a Waste Management commercial front end loader truck had stopped at a four-way intersection controlled by stop signs. As the WM truck proceeded through the intersection, a motorist entered the intersection without stopping and struck the left rear tandems of the truck. The 94-year-old man died at the scene.
Both incidents are under investigation by local authorities in cooperation with Waste Management. Preliminary reports show that both WM drivers were wearing seat belts and were not injured.
“These losses are a tragedy for WM, the victims and their loved ones,” said Jeff Martin, vice president of WM Safety Services. “WM’s Life Critical Rules were developed as a result of similar tragedies and they are designed to protect our employees, co-workers and others. Let us all keep safety as a top-of-mind priority every day to ensure the protection of all employees and those in the communities we serve.”