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Cyclist Hit By Private Trash Truck Hours After NYPD Starts Crackdown

October 30, 2018 - 8:47 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A cyclist was hit by a private garbage hauler in Midtown Monday night – hours after the NYPD announced a weeklong enforcement blitz against an industry some say has gone rogue.

The cyclist was struck and injured by the truck at Fifth Avenue and 47th Street around 10 p.m. He or she was taken to NY Presbyterian Hospital in critical but stable condition.

The driver stayed at the scene.

The accident came less than a day after the NYPD said it was cracking down on private sanitation trucks.

NYPD Chief of Transportation Thomas Chan said the department has issued 1,826 summonses this year to date – a 182 percent increase from 2017.

A garbage truck driver in Midtown told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond that it’s all but impossible to navigate the busy streets, which are often filled with distracted pedestrians on their cell phones.

“I try to make a turn, nobody lets me make the turn. Everybody wants to walk,” he said. "It's just like the MTA buses, they got their own bus lane. Why can't we have our lane?"

Common violations issued to the trash trucks include running red lights and failure to yield to pedestrians, but they’re also given for defective equipment that NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan says has turned some trucks into death traps.

Twenty people have been killed since 2016 in accidents involving private garbage trucks, officials say.