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