Feb 6, 2016 10:49 AM

Portsmouth worker hospitalized after getting hit and pinned between garbage truck and car

PORTSMOUTH — A public works employee who was hit by a car and pinned between the vehicle and a garbage truck suffered serious injuries to his lower legs.

According to, the accident happened Friday afternoon when the man, James Murray, was loading garbage into the back of the compactor.

Fire Chief Steve Achilles said his department responded shortly after 3 p.m. and used airbags to help extricate Murray, who remained alert through the process. He was taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

“It was a very technically challenging extrication, which required the coordination of our paramedics and our firefighters to remove him from the entangled vehicles,” Achilles said.

The road was closed for several hours during rush hour so authorities could conduct their investigation.

Police say it appears the vehicle attempted to go around the garbage truck, but because of the slick conditions, lost control and hit the man and the truck.

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