Freak Garbage Truck Accident Kills Woman Trying to Save Her Dog

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A 58-year-old Manhattan woman was killed this morning when she reached under a sanitation truck to retrieve her Boston Terrier after it got loose and ran into the street. Unaware the woman was underneath, the vehicle, which had been idling, then pulled forward over her, according to witnesses. "The driver didn't know she was there," a man told the Daily News. The dog was unharmed.

"One of our collection trucks was involved in a fatal accident this morning and the investigation is ongoing," a Sanitation Department spokesperson confirmed. The accident occurred in Chelsea, on 15th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, at about 10:10 a.m., the New York Times reports. "She saw the truck was stopped," explained another witness. "She went under it to get the dog. The truck moved. It hit her."

"You can't process this," she said. "You don't know how to process this."