City employee killed in freak accident

June 1, 2012 3:52:19 AM PDT
A Houston city worker was killed on the job Thursday in a tragic accident near downtown Houston. He is being described by co-workers as highly respected and valued.

Police tell us it was around 2:30pm Thursday when public works employee, Charles Williams Sr., was run over and killed by his own work truck at Jackson and Gray, just south of the Pierce Elevated in the MIdtown area.

Police say Williams, along with another worker from the department, was clearing sewage lines when their work truck started rolling. That's when they say Williams, 75, tried to stop the truck.

"The operator of the truck made several attempts to stop or slow down and it moved at a very slow speed, traveling down the street while he was trying to get the vehicle to stop, it ended up impacting him and he is deceased at this time," said Lt. Kenneth Campbell with the Houston Police Department.

Police say the other worker who was not involved in the accident witnessed what happened, but he was down the street at the time. A police officer who happened to be patrolling in the area also saw what happened. Investigators are talking to the both of them, hoping to piece together exactly what happened.

Alvin Wright with the Public Works Department released a statement, which read in part, "Mr. Williams is remembered as a valued and highly respected veteran member of the Public Works and Engineering Department and will be greatly missed by his fellow co-workers and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Williams' family during this difficult time."

A co-worker also told us that Williams was a great man, the kind of man who would do anything for anyone.

Eyewitness News actually did a story about Williams back in August 2008 when our cameras followed him around as he cleaned out storm drains.

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