California City Truck Strikes Napping Pedestrian

Aug 27, 2009
A 32-year-old Anaheim man miraculously escaped serious injury after he was struck by an Anaheim Parks and Recreation truck as he napped underneath a tree in a city park.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the incident occurred sometime around 11:45 a.m., when a city maintenance worker drove his truck across the grassy portion of the park to get to a trash receptacle.  The injured man was taken to an area hospital, where he was found not to have suffered any serious injuries.  City investigators are trying to determine if a visual obstruction may have contributed to the accident.

This incident highlights the dangers of any non-paved or marked area where pedestrians may be lying down or otherwise difficult to see.  The risk becomes even greater in areas with sloped surfaces or when in the presence of bright sunlight.

This is not the first incident of its kind in California.  The state has had similar problems on its beaches, only a few have resulted in serious injury.  In 2005, a lifeguard vehicle ran over a 21-year-old student lying on a beach in Santa Monica.  He suffered serious injuries, losing his spleen in the accident.  The incident led to a ban against lifeguards driving their pickup trucks on beaches between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Make sure your drivers understand the proper safety precautions for the environmental conditions they experience during the workday.  Some tips about driving safely in different weather conditions can be found by clicking here.

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