Daycare worker attends to sanitation worker after being struck by vehicle

A car crashes into garbage truck, pinning a worker who was riding on the back.
Published: Jul. 28, 2022 at 7:36 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2022 at 6:20 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - As the doors to Kids Cove Daycare Center on Coursey Boulevard opened at 6:30 Thursday morning, one of the workers says she heard a loud crash followed by screams of pain. What she saw next will stay with her forever.

“So, I look out the window and we just see a man lying in the road bleeding everywhere,” said daycare operator Brooke Brewer.

A car had crashed into a garbage truck, pinning a worker who was riding on the back and crushing his legs.

“It looked like a horror movie honestly. It was blood everywhere, the stuff in the car was everywhere, there was just a lot of blood everywhere,” said Brewer.

Luckily, as a former employee with Our Lady of the Lake, Brewer was medically trained and able to help.

“I tried to keep him calm, tried to calm him down, keep him conscious, breathing, talking to him. He took his glove off and was holding my hand asking me kind like what’s going on... basically, I was just trying to keep him conscious,” Brewer continued.

Thankfully, EMS arrived within a matter of minutes.

“So, I told him here they are bubba, and he was begging me not to take my hand away from him, ‘please don’t, please don’t. It was so hard but...I had to,” Brewer said.

The crash victim worked for Richards Disposal, a subcontractor with Republic Services.

Thankfully, his injuries are reportedly not life-threatening, and he’s being treated at a nearby hospital.

Baton Rouge police say the driver, Mason Phelps, 23, was issued a ticket for careless operation of a vehicle and an expired license plate.

According to the city-parish, this is a prime example of why it’s so important for drivers to keep their eyes on the road.

WAFB reached out to Richards Disposal for comment but has not heard back.

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