Rubbish collector killed after falling from truck and being struck by vehicle in Waikato

A rubbish collector has been killed after falling from their truck and being run-over by a vehicle in Tuakau, Waikato.

Police say they were called to the incident on Alexandra and Redoubt Rd around 12:30pm today.

They say it appears at this initial stage that the rubbish collector fell from a rubbish collection truck before being hit by a vehicle.

Waikato District Council said in a statement that there will be significant disruption to the rubbish and recycling collection tomorrow in the northern area of the district due to today’s accident.

The district council says people serviced by the collection should still put out their rubbish and recycling tomorrow. Normal services will resume from next week.

The council says its thoughts are with the friends, family and colleagues of the victim.

The Serious Crash Unit is in attendance and WorkSafe NZ has been notified. 

Police car generic.
Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS

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