March 27, 2023
Annapolis, US 57 F

Trash Truck Rolls Off Road Killing Worker on Rear Step

On August 23, 2022, at approximately 11:15 a.m., Southern District officers were dispatched to a traffic crash on Broadwater Road near Blaine Lane. The investigation would reveal that a 2022 trash truck was making its scheduled refuse pickups along eastbound Broadwater Road when it encountered a wide-bodied dual wheeled pickup truck heading westbound. This section of roadway is narrow with no shoulders.

Both the pick up and trash truck attempted to pass each other safely when the two right wheels of the trash truck left the roadway’s edge, dropped, and sank in the mud. This, in turn, caused the trash truck to roll onto its right side.

On the back of the trash truck were two employees working as refuse collectors. One was able to jump from the rotating truck uninjured however the second rider was unable to free himself from the truck. The truck landed completely on its right side and on top of the second employee. The pickup truck and trash truck did not collide.

Anne Arundel County Paramedics pronounced the second employee, identified as Francisco Medero, 54, of Glen Burnie, deceased at the scene. Medero was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office (OCME) in Baltimore, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

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