Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Man seriously injured in wreck

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

A Covington police officer checks out a garbage truck that overturned at Hands Pike and Ky. 17 on Tuesday.
The Cincinnati Enquirer/PATRICK REDDY
An unidentified man was seriously injured Tuesday morning after the garbage truck he was riding in tipped onto its side in Covington.

The driver told police the truck made a turn too quickly because the brakes failed, said Sgt. Teal Nally, spokesman for Covington Police.

CSI Waste Services of Greater Cincinnati, a Sharonville-based company that has a contract with Covington to pick up trash, owns the garbage truck. Greg Beamer, general manager of CSI, said he couldn't confirm what caused the wreck.

"We let the police do their job, and then we follow up with our own investigation," Beamer said. "This is an ongoing investigation."

The truck flipped at 9:30 a.m. on Hands Pike as the driver tried to turn north onto Ky. 17. Nally said the truck was going too fast, struck a concrete road divider and tipped onto its side.

There were three occupants in the cab of the truck. One was flown to University Hospital. The second occupant was treated at an area hospital and released; the third was not taken to a hospital.

Nally refused to release the names of the occupants or the condition of the man hospitalized, citing a federal law regulating the confidentiality of medical information.

City Manager Greg Jarvis, however, said the man was in critical condition.

Beamer said he wasn't releasing the names because not all of the relatives of the injured had been notified. Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement also responded to the wreck, but an officer in the Kenton County post referred all questions to their headquarters in Frankfort, where no one would comment.

"We are extremely saddened by the incident, and our prayers and thoughts are with everyone involved," Beamer said. "We continue to investigate the incident. We have to conclude our investigation before we come up with any determination with what happened and how."


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