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Garbage truck worker hit by passing car

A garbage truck worker was struck by a passing car Thursday morning in Maple Ridge.

The 24-year-old LitterBug Waste Disposal employee was crossing 132nd Avenue, near 210th Street around 8:30 a.m., when he was hit by PT Cruiser travelling west.

The man slammed into the windshield of the car and was thrown to the ground.

The accident was witnessed by Ridge Meadows RCMP and Speed Watch volunteers, who were in the area to monitor speed, as well as a Surrey Mountie who was off-duty.

“Speed is not an issue at this point in time with regards to the crash,” said Cpl. Dale Somerville, with Ridge Meadows traffic services.

The man was airlifted to Royal Columbian Hospital with serious head injuries.

People who live along 132nd Avenue recently petitioned police to increase patrols on the stretch, which they say is a speedway for drivers.

The Alouette Valley Association will be presenting a “recreational roadway” proposal to council on Monday in an effort to get drivers to slow down.

“We hope if the proposal goes through it will slow traffic down enough to prevent future casualties,” said Bruce Hobbs.

 

 

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