Street sweeper runs over, kills operator

Posted at 11:00 AM, Jun 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-11 11:00:41-04

JACKSONVILLE, FL (WJXT/CNN) - A Florida man was killed after being run over by a street sweeper.

Police believe the man was the sweeper's operator and was trying to remove something from under the vehicle when it ran over and killed him.

Jay Maust drove by shortly afterward and said the scene hit him personally. Maust owns a roofing business and said safety is always paramount when on the job.

"To see these kinds of things happen, it's horrific," Maust said. "It's safety, safety, safety first for us. I just wonder if he misunderstood what he was doing or thought he could get whatever it was out. It's just so sad."

Police were working to get in touch with the man's family and his employer. Investigators have not revealed the man's identity not the identity of his employer.

"Businesses in the area have some surveillance," Sgt. Mark Musser, of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, said. "We'll be reviewing to see exactly what occurred. No foul play. It just appears to be a terrible accident at this point."

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