Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A 60-year-old man was killed Thursday when the trash truck he was driving collided with another truck in the Rosewood area of unincorporated Los Angeles County, authorities said.

The victim, a Wilmington resident, was ejected from the passenger compartment of the 2012 trash truck he was driving and ended up trapped beneath the vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.

County firefighters pronounced him dead at the scene of the crash, which happened at the intersection of Broadway and Compton Boulevard, the CHP said.

The trash truck was westbound on Compton Boulevard, entering the intersection with Broadway when it collided with a southbound 2016 Mack truck at about 5:40 a.m., driven by a 48-year-old Blythe man, according to the CHP.

The passenger compartment of the trash truck detached from the frame of the vehicle and slid, with its windshield facing down, along the road in a southwesterly direction across all lanes of Broadway, an officer said.

The vehicle hit a curb and the driver was ejected and ended up trapped beneath the truck, according to the CHP, which reported the victim was not using a safety restraint.

“The cause of the crash is under investigation,” a CHP statement said. “No alcohol or drugs are suspected as factors in the collision.”

The other driver was not injured and was not arrested.

–City News Service 

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