Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Public safety

St. Petersburg city worker seriously injured in garbage truck accident

ST. PETERSBURG — A city worker was seriously injured Monday morning in an industrial accident at the sanitation department.

Police said 70-year-old Xuan Van Ho, of St. Petersburg, was caught in a hydraulic door on the back of a garbage truck.

He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center as a trauma alert with "life-threatening injuries," police spokesman Mike Puetz said.

Ho was cleaning out the back of a garbage truck just before 8 a.m. at the city's sanitation complex at 2501 20th Ave. N. A second worker, who was in the cab of the truck, thought the man was finished and was clear of the door.

The driver then engaged the hydraulic door, which closed on Ho's upper body.

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