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Traffic Incident in Magnolia

On May 30th at approximately 1:20 p.m. officers responded to a vehicle-related incident at 28th Avenue West and West Galer Street.  Preliminary investigation indicates that a garbage truck was traveling southbound on 28th Avenue West with a waste disposal employee riding on a platform on the rear of the truck.  When the driver turned westbound onto West Galer Street, the employee fell off the truck and struck his head on the ground. 

SFD medics responded to the scene and transported the adult male employee to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Officers evaluated the driver of the garbage truck for signs of impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs.  None were detected. 

Preliminary investigation indicates that speed was not a factor in this incident.  There were no other vehicles or persons involved.

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.