En­raged garbage truck driver slams into 17 parked ve­hi­cles af­ter fist­fight with ri­val driver

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Trevor Kapp, Esha Ray and Clay­ton Guse

An en­raged garbage truck driver slammed into 17 parked cars on one un­lucky Bronx block dur­ing a wild clash with a com­pet­ing trash hauler, ac­cord­ing to cops and a re­port Sun­day.

The may­hem be­gan when a Pa­per Ser­vices Inc. driver got into a fist­fight with a driver from an­other pri­vate waste com­pany, Falso Cart­ing, about 12:40 a.m. Satur­day. The fight sparked off when the Pa­per Ser­vices driver side-swiped and backed into Falso Cart­ing’s rig, ac­cord­ing to CBS New York. The Pa­per Ser­vices driver head-butted his ri­val, ac­cord­ing to News 12 The Bronx.

As the Pa­per Ser­vices driver sped off, he crushed a line of un­oc­cu­pied ve­hi­cles along Hone Ave. be­tween Mor­ris Park and Rhinelander Aves. be­fore aban­don­ing his dam­aged truck and flee­ing on foot, cops said. He left be­hind crushed ve­hi­cles and up­rooted trees strewn on the side­walk.

“I look out the win­dow and see the crash right there,” said neigh­bor Michael Kaess, 29. “I go down the block and see more com­pletely to­taled cars, all the way to the start of the block.”

Af­ter Kaess found out the driver ran away he checked his home’s se­cu­rity cam­eras, which show a man ex­it­ing the truck and sprint­ing off.

Cops said they are look­ing for the driver.

“I’ve been try­ing to con­tact the driver,” said Ju­nior Gon­za­lez, 41, a su­per­vi­sor at Pa­per Ser­vices. “But he’s got his phone off. I don’t know if he lost it or if he don’t want to an­swer it.”

“We don’t know if he’ll show up to­mor­row,” Gon­za­lez added. “I think he’s a good driver.”

“The po­lice have the truck,” he added. “It’s a good truck. I hope we get it back. It looks ugly but it’s a good truck.”

He de­nied his driv­ers had a ri­valry with other com­pa­nies.

“Falso isn’t com­pe­ti­tion,” Gon­a­zlez said. “The busi­ness has changed a lot but we all get along.”

Pa­per Ser­vices failed half of its safety in­spec­tions over the past two years.

San­i­ta­tion Sal­vage closed shop last year af­ter one of its em­ploy­ees fa­tally ran over two peo­ple. Vin­cent Ver­rilli, the owner of Falso Cart­ing, is also the pres­i­dent of Metropoli­tan Trans­fer Sta­tion in the Bronx, which is jointly owned by the for­mer own­ers of San­i­ta­tion Sal­vage.

The pri­vate trash haul­ing in­dus­try has drawn the at­ten­tion of City Coun­cil mem­bers in re­cent months.

A law passed last month gives the Busi­ness In­tegrity Com­mis­sion li­cense to rein in sham unions, which are used by com­pa­nies to take ad­van­tage of and ma­nip­u­late their em­ploy­ees.

The City Coun­cil is also mov­ing to set up 20 com­mer­cial waste zones, which would al­low com­pa­nies to bid on the rights to haul trash in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the city.

A re­cent re­port put out by the De­part­ment of San­i­ta­tion says th­ese zones would re­duce pri­vate cart­ing truck traf­fic across the five bor­oughs.

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