Pedestrian dies after being hit by garbage truck in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police said an investigation is underway after a fatal crash occurred at the intersection of Hartford Avenue and Bodell Avenue around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.

According to police, a 51-year-old woman was crossing the street when she was struck by a garbage truck that was making a left turn. Police said the victim was transported to Rhode Island Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Lt. Richard Fernandes said Providence police aren’t sure if the woman was in a crosswalk when she was hit.

“We’re gonna be reviewing some video, surveillance video that’s on the housing projects,” Fernandes said.

As of 5 p.m., the scene had been cleared and the garbage truck was towed away from the area.

Police have not released information about the identity of the victim at this time. It is also not clear whether the driver of the garbage truck will face charges.