by Chuck Carroll and Kevin Patrick

Video: Trash Truck Strikes Garbage Man On Strike
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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A striking trash worker is in the hospital after being struck by a garbage truck driven by a replacement worker early Wednesday morning in Gaithersburg.

The man was struck at the gate entrance to the Potomac Disposal location in the 19000 block of Woodfield Road around 6:40 a.m. The truck was leaving the operations center to begin trash collection when it jumped a curb and struck the man according to a preliminary police investigation.

The driver has been cited with failing to control speed to avoid a collision, Montgomery County Police tell WNEW.

Television station WJLA reports the driver was subsequently assaulted by another striking worker, although police say they received no reports of a physical altercation.

The injured man has been taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Potomac Disposal trash collectors have been striking over fair wages in recent days. According to the union, members were willing to return to work Wednesday, but were instead given a letter by Potomac Disposal stating they would be locked out until later in the week.

The two sides have resumed negotiations in hopes of reaching an agreement that would allow workers to rapidly return to the job, the union says.


WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.


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