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Police: Intoxication may have led to Longview garbage truck accident

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The car struck the garbage truck on Alpine Road in Longview. (Source: Longview Police Department) The car struck the garbage truck on Alpine Road in Longview. (Source: Longview Police Department)
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Two sanitation workers were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a car struck a garbage truck in Longview on Monday.

Longview police say they got a call about the accident just after 3 p.m. on Monday. The truck was stopped on Alpine Road just west of Wilellan Street when the car struck it. The two sanitation workers were outside of the truck loading garbage when the car struck the truck. Dennis Montgomery, 33, a Longview resident, was pinned between the car and the garbage truck. The other worker, 46-year-old Darron Craig, also of Longview, was standing behind the truck and was thrown a few feet from the truck.

Longview Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary said the jaws of life and a heavy rescue truck were used to extricate Montgomery from between the two vehicles. The heavy rescue truck was used to lift up the garbage truck.

Zackary said the accident and scene were "horrific."

Shawn Hara, the Longview city spokesman, says the Craig and Montgomery are contract employees with Labor Ready, a city contractor.

The two sanitation workers and the driver of the car were taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. The workers are in critical condition. The driver of the car, 46-year-old Susan Skinner of Longview, was also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the garbage truck, 20-year-old Laronn Woolridge was not injured in the crash.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing, but police believe intoxication was a factor. The speed limit on Alpine Road is 45 miles per hour.

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