BROOKVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Dispatch got the call around 11:30, Monday morning. Neighbors with scanners heard the call, only to look outside their doors. Seeing the unthinkable.
A 27-year-old disabled woman was crossing the street when a Rumpke garbage truck went into reverse and crushed the woman.
Careflight was called but later canceled. Cortney Jonker died shortly after the accident.
“It’s a sad day here. It is a sad day. That intersection is really bad. It is wide and little kids cross it all the time after school. It is worrisome for neighbors around here,” said Tammy Marburger, a Brookville resident.
Jonker was within the crosswalk of the four-way intersection. Witnesses told OSP that they saw backup lights from the truck and heard the beep before the accident.
“It’s sad because they are locals. Everybody knows them very well. She’s been part of the community for a long time,” said a woman who went to school with Jonker.
But how? Why was the garbage truck going in reverse through an intersection. It’s a question on everyone’s mind.
“How is it possible that they backed over her. Instead of in front of her if she was in the crosswalk. Why was it even backing up?” asked one neighbor.
Rumpke says they are determined to figure out what happened.
“Our team is on site right now, working with responders. Doing everything we possibly can to get to the bottom of what happened here today,” said Amanda Pratt, Director of Communications for Rumpke.
“This is a sad situation. Of course our thoughts and hearts go out to anyone touched by today’s accident,” said Pratt.
Rumpke will help troopers with the investigation. The truck was driveable and was towed from the scene for safe measure.
It is not clear if the driver will face charges.
If you witnessed anything, call Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP.