Trash truck flips on Henry Avenue, crushes bus stop shelter

Update, 3 p.m.  Police have cleaned up the site of an early morning crash of a trash truck onto a SEPTA bus shelter in Roxborough today. 

The accident happened shortly after 8:30 a.m. near the intersection of Henry Avenue and Walnut Lane. Police say the trash truck overturned onto a vacant bus shelter on the sidewalk.

Philadelphia Police Spokeswoman Jillian Russell says two males were taken to Roxborough Hospital with minor injures.  She said the males were in the truck at the time of the crash and the bus stop shelter was empty at the time of the accident. 

Russell adds that police will not release the cause of the crash since the injuries were minor.

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Barbara Childs got off of a SEPTA bus this morning to discover the shelter destroyed.

“I stand here every day,” she says, noting that she often feels uncomfortable waiting at the stop because of fast moving traffic on Henry Avenue.

“I say to myself ‘maybe, Barbara, you shouldn’t stand here. What if…,” she said. 

The blue truck appears to be an Allied Waste Services vehicle, not a Philadelphia Streets Department vehicle. No other vehicles were involved in the crash but the accident held up traffic for a good portion of the Monday morning commute along Henry Avenue. 

NewsWorks will continue to follow this story as more information becomes available.

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