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Man ticketed after pinning worker against garbage truck in Thursday morning crash

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BATON ROUGE - A waste collection employee was pinned to a garbage truck after being struck by another car.

Police said the driver of the car, identified as 23-year-old Mason Phelps, was issued a citation for careless operation and driving with an expired license plate.

Sources told WBRZ that a car drove into the back of a garbage truck and pinned a worker on Coursey Boulevard between South Sherwood Forest Boulevard and Stumberg Lane, with "possible broken legs" as a result.

Two Good Samaritans who work near the scene helped keep the man calm as police arrives, and called the scene gruesome. 

"We heard screaming, we honestly thought it was one of our kids throwing a temper tantrum, and we walked out to a gruesome scene," Brooke Brewer said. 

"There was blood everywhere, and it didn't take long for it to get like that so I didn't want him to bleed out," Darcy Crumholt. 

Witnesses said two employees were on the back of the truck when a car passed another in the left lane. When the car moved back into the right lane, it collided with the garbage truck, pinning one employee while the other was able to jump out of the way.

The exact extent of the worker's injuries is unclear, but sources said the worker was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

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