A 74-year-old woman has died after being struck by a garbage truck at Windsor.
Emergency services were called to Claremont Crescent shortly after 5pm yesterday (Monday) following reports of a crash, a police statement said.
“On arrival police were confronted with a 74-year-old female who had been struck by a garbage truck which had been collecting garbage in the street at the time,” Hawkesbury police stated.
“Despite the efforts of the driver, residents, attending police and paramedics, the pedestrian died at the scene.
“The driver was conveyed to Hawkesbury Hospital for mandatory drug and alcohol testing and was later interviewed at Windsor police station, where he was released pending further investigations by the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit.”
Claremont Crescent was closed for some time with local traffic diversions in place while officers established a crime scene and carried out investigations.
Police are appealing for anyone with information, dash cam footage or any witnesses to the incident to come forward.
Hawkesbury City Council, which operates the garbage service, issued a statement today (Tuesday) saying it was assisting with inquiries and offering condolences to the woman’s family.
“There was a fatal traffic incident at Windsor yesterday evening involving one of Hawkesbury City Council’s garbage trucks,” the statement said.
“Police are investigating the incident and council officers are assisting them with their inquiries.
“Council’s General Manager, Peter Conroy, offers his sincere condolences to the family during this difficult time.”
The fatality occurred only an hour after local police had attended a separate pedestrian collision in South Windsor involving a 15-year-old girl.
The CareFlight rescue helicopter was called to the scene shortly before 4pm, landing in a quiet street cul-de-sac a few hundred metres away near Macquarie Street.
“CareFlight’s specialist doctor and critical care paramedic assisted NSW Ambulance crews on scene who were providing treatment to the girl for a head injury,” a CareFlight statement said.
“The medical crew continued caring for the girl as she was taken by road to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in a stable condition.”
The incidents led to police warning local residents to be wary on the road.
“In both incidents the pedestrians were local residents. Police are urging our community and all road users, drivers and pedestrians alike to please show caution on our roads and be aware of your surroundings,” police stated.