It has been recently reported that a street sweeper operator was killed early Saturday after authorities say he became entangled while he was trying to clear something that is yet unknown from the machine at a parking lot in the Mandarin neighborhood of Jacksonville.
Officials believe that the man was trying to get something from under the machine in a parking lot behind a McDonald’s restaurant at the intersection of Loretto Road and San Jose Boulevard when he was unexpectedly sucked underneath it.
According to the incident report from JSO, a man and his wife at a shopping center parking lot heard the the man screaming and found the street sweeper operator partially stuck in the machinery. By the time he was taken out, the man was already unresponsive, the document said.
The sweeper is owned by a company named Countryside Power Sweeping of Coconut Grove, Florida but the company declined to give further comment.
Jay Maust, who works in a profession with risk, showed up shortly after this horrific incident. He said seeing the scene made him realize things that hit him personally.
“I own a roofing company, and to see these types of things happen, it’s horrific. It’s awful,” Maust said. “God, I just can’t believe it.”
JSO Sgt. Mark Musser said local authorities are working the entire day to get in touch with both the man’s family and his employer to break the news.
Investigators say they are also trying to gather information, such as surveillance footages from establishments around the area, about exactly how the incident happened.
“Businesses in the area had some surveillance,” said Sgt. Mark Musser. “We’ll be reviewing that to see what occurred. No foul play. (It) appears to be a terrible accident at this point.”
The man’s identity wasn’t immediately released for privacy reasons.
Source: Daily Mail