NEW YORK, July 2 (UPI) -- A 58-year-old woman died after crawling under a New York City sanitation truck in a successful, but fatal, attempt to rescue her dog.
According to police, the Chelsea resident ran after her dog at roughly 10:15 a.m. Wednesday when it escaped and charged toward a trash truck. The dog eventually ran under the truck and the woman followed.
Unaware the woman was beneath the vehicle, and oblivious to a coworkers' signals to stop, the truck's operator backed up, crushing her under its wheels. Police were immediately called and the 58-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
"It happened so fast," one witness described to the New York Daily News. "It's a big truck. She tried to grab (the dog), but she unfortunately she slipped."
Police are withholding the woman's identity until her family has been notified. She was able to save her dog, who is now in police custody.