Washington State Patrol (WSP) report a pedestrian was taken by ambulance this morning after being struck by a garbage truck.
According to a WSP press memo, the blue 2009 garbage truck was backing up so the driver could retrieve a missed garbage can while working in the 3100 block of Sunset Way on the Lummi Peninsula a little before 9am today. While the truck was backing up, it struck 70-year-old Lyle VanderYacht while he was in the roadway.
VanderYacht was treated at the scene and transported by Whatcom County Fire District 8 aid crews to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center.
WSP reports the truck’s backup alarm was generating audible back-up tones. Neither drugs nor alcohol were thought to be involved.
Inattention on the part of the pedestrian and while backing up on the part of the driver were given as causes. There were no charges.