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DOT Worker Fatally Struck Coworker While Operating Dump Truck On UES


A Department of Transportation worker was killed early Tuesday morning while performing road work. The man died after his coworker reversed a dump truck into him, running him over.

The DOT crew had been repaving East 88th Street overnight when the tragedy occurred. Police say they responded to a 911 call about a worker struck in front of 521 East 88th Street just after 1 a.m. Upon their arrival, they found Eduardo Calleabril, 44, unconscious and unresponsive on the street, with trauma about his body. EMS took Calleabril to New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

According to the NYPD‘s Collision Investigation Squad, investigators say that Calleabril had been standing behind a DOT Mack dump truck when his 35-year-old colleague started to reverse the truck, backing up and hitting Calleabril. Calleabril then fell into the road, “with the truck rolling over him,” police say.

A witness who lives in the area told PIX 11, “I was woken up by some frantic screaming. People screaming ‘no, stop,’ ‘back up, stop.’ When I went to look to the window and it appeared across the street that one of the workers, the road pavers, was crushed by a dump truck.”

Crying DOT workers were seen leaving candles and flowers at the scene. The police are investigating the incident.

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