Updated: 83-year-old woman in hospital after being run over by garbage truck in Dartmouth neighbourhood

Published on June 20, 2014

Halifax police on scene investigating a pedestrian being hit by a garbage truck in Dartmouth on Thursday.                 

©Jeff Harper - Metro Halifax


An 83-year-old Dartmouth woman was in critical condition Thursday night, after being run over by a garbage truck right outside of her Maynard Street home.

Paramedics rushed her to hospital at about 2:10 p.m., after she had been pinned underneath the vehicle’s wheels, Halifax Regional police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages said.

“No charges have been laid at this time,” he added.

The quiet road remained cordoned off with yellow tape between Portland and Summit streets, as police continued their investigation of the sad scene early Thursday evening.

“We heard it,” a woman who was gardening on nearby Old Ferry Road said, as officers roamed the area, the blue and red lights of their vehicles flashing and drivers slowing down to take a peek.

“Someone came out … yelling … ‘stop, stop!’ ” she said, shaking her head.

“What we understand is, the lady in the white house came out and the garbage truck, which is just where it is right now, (was) starting to move,” she said, pointing to the green waste management truck parked outside of an attached white house.

“She had a bag of garbage that she wanted to throw in, and she tripped and fell, and the back wheels of the trucks went over her legs,” the concerned neighbour said.

“The driver stopped very, very quickly, but I imagine he’s in shock,” she said, adding “it didn’t take any time for the ambulance to come; the emergency people, they were here in two or three minutes, I’d say.”

A man in a yellow safety vest, with silver reflective stripes, stood by himself in the middle of Maynard Street, while police investigators snapped photos and took measurements.

Two men inside another waste management truck parked nearby and watched in shock. Several black garbage and blue recycling bags remained left on the grassy curb.

“Can you imagine, to run out (to) throw some garbage in, and for your life to change so dramatically, in a few seconds?” the neighbour said.