Minivan hits garbage truck, injures garbage collector in Pointe-St-Charles

FILE PHOTO (Daniel J. Rowe / CTV News Montreal)

A minivan hit a garbage truck, injuring a garbage collector, in Pointe-St-Charles on Tuesday, police said.

Around 3:30 p.m., the driver of the minivan, a 69-year-old man, lost control of his vehicle and hit the garbage truck from behind, temporarily pinning a 22-year-old garbage collector, a Montreal police spokesperson said.

Emergency vehicles rushed to the scene, near the corner of Charon and le Ber streets, after a witness called 911.

First responders transported the 22-year-old to the hospital. He was injured in the lower body but was conscious, the police spokesperson said. The 69-year-old was uninjured.

According to preliminary information, the 69-year-old had difficulty seeing through a windshield that may not have been properly de-iced, the spokesperson said.

Investigators erected a perimeter in the area and are trying to figure out why the crash happened.