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Employee Crushed By Garbage Truck in Montgomery County

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A garbage worker was killed this morning when the truck he was riding rolled over and crushed him, according to authorities.

The driver, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was an employee for Enviro-Waste Systems of Conroe.

The crash happened at Cedar Lane Road and Timberline Estates in northeast Montgomery County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety officials.

The driver of the truck said the brakes stopped working while he and his crew were collecting trash on their route.

“I pulled the emergency brake and tried to put the truck into reverse, but it didn’t work, said the driver. “I thought I would turn on the curb” to slow the truck down. But, instead the truck flipped over onto the driver’s side.

The driver of the truck was able to crawl from the vehicle, he was not injured.

The garbage truck had just been released from the shop that morning after major engine repair and inspection. The brakes were okay, said David Fogle, owner of Enviro-Waste.

Officials do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the accident. The case is under investigation.