Man run over at recycling center in North Bay

March 12, 2013 10:07:59 AM PDT
An employee at the Upper Valley Disposal & Recycling facility near St. Helena was killed this morning when he tripped and fell in front of a Freightliner truck, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The victim, identified as Gabriel Diaz-Cervantes, 45, of Calistoga, walked out the side door of an office building at the facility around 3:45 a.m. and fell in front of the tires of a 1984 Freightliner that was passing by at about 2 mph, CHP Officer Garrett Ray said.

The truck's driver, identified as Alan McClure, 58, of Napa, said he did not see Diaz-Cervantes, who also worked as a driver for the company, Ray said.

"Alcohol was not involved and it appears to be a tragic accident," Ray said. The private disposal and recycling facility is located at 1285 Whitehall Lane in Saint Helena. Ray said it is believed that Diaz-Cervantes had just clocked in to begin his workday when the incident happened.

Cal/OSHA is expected to investigate the incident, Ray said.

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