A 66-year-old San Leandro woman who worked at the Davis Street dump was crushed to death Monday when a bulldozer ran into her, said officials from Waste Management, which runs the site.
Evangelina Macias, who also lived in San Leandro with her extended family, had worked in a Waste Management recycling crew for the past 13 years and was was struck by a fellow employee.
The scene of the accident was the large area where people dump items that are pushed into piles by bulldozers.
The driver of the bulldozer, a 22-year Waste Management veteran, has been placed on administrative leave while the company investigates the accident.
"We're all just devastated," said Waste Management spokeswoman Karen Stern.
She said that, to the best of her knowledge, this was first fatality ever suffered at the facility since it opened in the early 1980s.
Authorities said the lower half of Macias' body was crushed in the accident and she succumbed to her injuries after being transported to the hospital.
In another recent accident involving Waste Management, a , but luckily no injuries resulted from that incident.
This story will be updated.