• July 01, 2022

Driver Injured when Garbage Truck Hits Bridge on MN-23 in Saint Cloud

Saint Cloud, MN — June 30, 2022, one person was injured when a garbage truck crashed into railroad bridge on State Highway 23 in East Saint Cloud.

According to reports the incident happened around 1:25 p.m. on Hwy 23 near Wilson Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests a garbage truck was traveling on the highway with its rear assembly raised for unknown reasons. The assembly hit the side of a railroad bridge above the highway near Wilson Avenue.

The crash caused disabling damage to the garbage truck and tore a sign off the railroad bridge. The truck driver was taken to an area hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Garbage Truck Accident on MN-23 in Saint Cloud

Reports seem to have a fair handle on what happened here, but so far they're a little light on why it went that way. The dump truck's bed was raised as it traveled; why? Did the driver accidentally trigger the bed controls, or did they just malfunction and raise the dump container up on their own? Was the driver aware the dump bed was up? If not, why not? How long was the bed raised before it hit the bridge?

That's just a handful of many questions that still need answers here. Some may think it's not really necessary to dig into what happened since workers' comp will probably address the driver's injury, but if the dump bed raised due to a mechanical issue or a defect then whoever maintains it or built it may be partly responsible for the damage done. If so, as a matter of principle they should try to help the person hurt by their action (or inaction).

I'm not trying to complicate things or point fingers here. I'm just saying that few crashes are really as simple as they might seem in news or police reports. To make sure all their details are known and any lingering questions are answered, it's important to investigate the matter carefully and learn all the facts--not just the easy ones on the surface. Will appropriate care be taken here to find the full story?

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