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Worker run over by garbage truck, killed in St. Helena

An employee at a St. Helena garbage company was killed early Tuesday after he apparently fell under the wheels of a slow-moving garbage truck and trailer, the CHP reported.

The victim was Gabriel Diaz-Cervantes, 44, of Calistoga, CHP Officer Garret Ray said.

"It was a terrible accident," Ray said. "All these guys work together."

The work day was just getting under way Tuesday at Upper Valley Disposal Service when the incident occurred.

It was about 3:45 a.m. and Diaz-Cervantes, a garbage truck driver, had just gone to check in at the Whitehall Lane office.

Co-worker Alan McClure, 58 of Napa was driving by the office at about 3 mph as Diaz-Cervantes was coming out, said Ray.

McClure was driving a 1984 Freightliner garbage truck and trailer.

"Gabriel comes out of the office . . . he's walking out, trips or falls, falling in front of the rear duals of the trailer," Ray said.

"The trailer ran him over," he said.

There was no witness to know whether the man tripped.

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