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Recology Truck Kills Elderly Pedestrian, Marking Third Recology Fatality in 2013

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the pedestrian killed this morning by a Recology garbage truck. Today’s collision marks the third fatal Recology truck accident in 2013. Recology is an employee-owned company that stresses building “exceptional ecosystems” and seeing a “world without waste.”

The identity of the victim has not been released, but media outlets reported a collision between a Recology truck and a pedestrian in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. The accident occurred just before 8 a.m. on the corner of Jones and Tonio streets. A Recology spokesperson declined to report details about the collision as it is an ongoing police matter, but the company has since issued a statement:

“Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to family members of the individual who died in this morning’s accident. Recology provides a critical service in a challenging urban environment. Our drivers are some of the best trained in the business and they exercise caution in all of their operations. We will fully evaluate the circumstances of this accident and take all appropriate actions to prevent future incidents.”

However, this is the third such accident in 2013, and the second in less than a month. On November 29, a Recology truck struck and killed a woman on 7th Street in San Francisco. And in May, a Recology truck struck and killed a 21-year-old bicyclist in the Mission District at 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue.

Earlier in 2013, a Recology truck struck a grandmother and her 7-year-old granddaughter in the crosswalk of Broadway and Embarcadero, crushing the little girl’s foot. In early December, a major fire at the company’s facilities caused around $75,000 in damage.

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