1 killed, 1 injured in collision with city street sweeper truck

UPDATE: A 16-year-old boy was killed and his passenger was injured in a collision with a street sweeper truck in Watsonville Monday morning, according to a California Highway Patrol spokeswoman.

WATSONVILLE (KRON) — One person was killed and another person was injured in a collision with a street sweeper truck in Watsonville Monday morning, according to a California Highway Patrol spokeswoman.

Around 11 a.m., officers responded to a report of a two-car collision on Harkins Slough Road near Ramsay Park, CHP Officer Trista Sharp said.

Arriving officers found a green sedan collided with a city-owned street sweeper truck, Sharp said.

It appears a male driver was heading west on Harkins Slough and the truck was making a left turn out of the park prior to the collision, she said.

The sedan’s driver was pronounced dead at the scene and passenger, a girl, was transported to Natividad Medical Center in Salinas for injuries not considered life-threatening, according to the Sharp.

The driver of the street sweeper was not hurt, Sharp said.

Harkins Slough Road is closed in both directions between Ohlone Parkway and Harkins Slough bridge, she said. There is no estimated time of when the roadway will reopen.

The collision was on a major thoroughfare that falls within the city’s jurisdiction, but the CHP is looking into the incident since a city-owned vehicle was involved, Watsonville police Lt. Saul Gonzalez said.

There were initial reports of a vehicle speeding in the area prior to the collision, Gonzalez said.

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