A sanitation worker was struck when a 1991 Chevrolet Blazer ran into the back of a garbage truck on South Houston Lake Road just north of Thomson Road early Wednesday, authorities said.
Both the worker, James Hanner, 21, of Centerville, and the driver of the Blazer, Natasha Whitmire, 37, of Centerville, were taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia, said Georgia State Patrol trooper Michael Jackson.
Both Hanner and Whitmire were listed in stable condition, said Janie Poulnott, hospital spokeswoman.
Centerville police Maj. Garrett Cooley said Hanner lost his leg in the crash.
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The truck was stopped picking up trash when it was struck from behind by the Blazer, Jackson said. Hanner was behind the truck dumping a trash can, Jackson said.
Hanner was pinned between the two vehicles, and his leg was amputated at the scene of the crash, Cooley said.
Another worker fewer than two feet away was not injured, Jackson said. The driver of the truck also was not injured. The truck belongs to Centerville Sanitation, a private company contracted by the city of Centerville.
The 911 call of the crash came in at 6:13 a.m.
The accident remains under investigation, Jackson said.
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