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KC mayor says second city worker has died after fiery crash involving garbage truck

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas announced Tuesday evening that a second city worker has died after a fiery crash involving a trash truck.The truck with three Kansas City Public Works employees overturned at the intersection of Front Street and the Interstate 435 exit ramp about 11:30 a.m. Police said the truck was going down the exit ramp when the driver lost control, hit a concrete barrier, tipped over, and caught fire. The three public works employees were caught inside it.The family of one of the workers in the trash truck said he was working his first day on the job.”I think he’s in shock right now,” said the man’s sister. She asked that KMBC not use her name.She said her brother was burned on his back, neck, and face. She says he was the least injured.”His skin is off his nose, ears, the top of his forehead. His teeth is chipped. He’s pretty bruised up. His eyes is swollen, his face is swollen period,” the sister said.She said her brother was a passenger in the truck and was on his phone when they hit the barrier. The phone flew out of his hands.”He seen his phone blow up and when he seen his phone blow up, he knew to get out of the situation to get up out of there,” the sister said.She said he tried to help his coworkers climb out of the truck, but the fire had started.”The other guy seemed dazed so he said he was just like, ‘Come on, we got to get out. We got to get out.’ He said once he kicked it open to get out, he just started immediately taking off to run to go get help,” the sister said.With no cellphone, her brother ran to the Flying J gas station nearby. That’s when a police officer arrived and pulled another worker out. That worker later died. Another city employee did not escape.”An officer arrived at the scene, before he was even called he saw and stopped at the scene,” said police Sgt. Bill Mahoney. “He helped one of the occupants of the vehicle actually get out, and he was on fire, from what I understand.”Mahoney said the officer “was able to grab a blanket and get that fire extinguished. Nothing more needs to be said about that. It’s outstanding.”Michael Shaw, the director of Kansas City Public Works, surveyed the scene after the crash.”I don’t know what happened, but I’m thankful that the Kansas City Police Department and Kansas City Fire Department were able to save a couple lives today. I am absolutely thankful,” Shaw said.”I am devastated. I am absolutely devastated. I know these guys and their families that are on this truck. We go out every single day, and as the director I want to make sure everybody comes home and today somebody’s not coming home.”Shaw has served with the Kansas City Public Works division for 23 years. He said he has never had a public works employee die on the job during that time until Tuesday.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas announced Tuesday evening that a second city worker has died after a fiery crash involving a trash truck.

The truck with three Kansas City Public Works employees overturned at the intersection of Front Street and the Interstate 435 exit ramp about 11:30 a.m. Police said the truck was going down the exit ramp when the driver lost control, hit a concrete barrier, tipped over, and caught fire. The three public works employees were caught inside it.

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The family of one of the workers in the trash truck said he was working his first day on the job.

“I think he’s in shock right now,” said the man’s sister. She asked that KMBC not use her name.

She said her brother was burned on his back, neck, and face. She says he was the least injured.

“His skin is off his nose, ears, the top of his forehead. His teeth is chipped. He’s pretty bruised up. His eyes is swollen, his face is swollen period,” the sister said.

She said her brother was a passenger in the truck and was on his phone when they hit the barrier. The phone flew out of his hands.

“He seen his phone blow up and when he seen his phone blow up, he knew to get out of the situation to get up out of there,” the sister said.

She said he tried to help his coworkers climb out of the truck, but the fire had started.

“The other guy seemed dazed so he said he was just like, ‘Come on, we got to get out. We got to get out.’ He said once he kicked it open to get out, he just started immediately taking off to run to go get help,” the sister said.

With no cellphone, her brother ran to the Flying J gas station nearby. That’s when a police officer arrived and pulled another worker out. That worker later died. Another city employee did not escape.

“An officer arrived at the scene, before he was even called he saw and stopped at the scene,” said police Sgt. Bill Mahoney. “He helped one of the occupants of the vehicle actually get out, and he was on fire, from what I understand.”

Mahoney said the officer “was able to grab a blanket and get that fire extinguished. Nothing more needs to be said about that. It’s outstanding.”

Michael Shaw, the director of Kansas City Public Works, surveyed the scene after the crash.

“I don’t know what happened, but I’m thankful that the Kansas City Police Department and Kansas City Fire Department were able to save a couple lives today. I am absolutely thankful,” Shaw said.

“I am devastated. I am absolutely devastated. I know these guys and their families that are on this truck. We go out every single day, and as the director I want to make sure everybody comes home and today somebody’s not coming home.”

Shaw has served with the Kansas City Public Works division for 23 years. He said he has never had a public works employee die on the job during that time until Tuesday.

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