Driver of garbage truck charged in fatal crash - Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5

Driver of garbage truck charged in fatal crash

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA -

Authorities have charged the driver of a garbage truck involved in an accident that left another Department of Public Works employee dead.

The crash happened on Interstate 75 at Cleveland Avenue on Nov. 2. A passenger in the garbage truck was ejected and killed. The driver, Melvin Callahan, was badly injured.

An investigation determined that alcohol was a factor in the crash, according to police. Sources told FOX 5's Morse Diggs that a container of vodka was found in the cab of the sanitation truck, and that the driver's blood-alcohol content level was found to be .136 after the crash. The legal limit for an industrial truck driver is .05.

According to the Atlanta Police Department, Callahan has been charged with homicide by vehicle in the first degree, DUI, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane.

Richard Mendoza, the commissioner of the Department of Public Works, said that the truck involved in the crash did not have a camera installed in some city vehicles. The camera is designed to capture footage that can shed light on incidents in city vehicles.

Gina Pagnotta-Murphy, president of the Professional Association of City Employees (PACE Atlanta), said that while was initially skeptical of the camera program, she's now willing to give it a second look.

A city attorney told FOX 5's Morse Diggs that she'll recommend expanding the camera program into all city vehicles.

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • Man shot dead outside South DeKalb Mall

    Man shot dead outside South DeKalb Mall

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-04-24 14:39:41 GMT
    A man has been charged with murder after a shooting outside South DeKalb Mall on Wednesday evening.
    A man has been charged with murder after a shooting outside South DeKalb Mall on Wednesday evening.
  • Tyrone Police search for missing 14-year-old girl

    Tyrone Police search for missing 14-year-old girl

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:43 AM EDT2014-04-24 13:43:34 GMT
    Breaking news from FOX 5Breaking news from FOX 5
    Police in one South Metro city are searching for a missing 14-year-old girl.
    Police in one South Metro city are searching for a missing 14-year-old girl.
  • Authorities investigate threat at Paulding Co. High

    Authorities investigate threat at Paulding Co. High

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:32 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:32:55 GMT
    Paulding County authorities are investigating a threat that came into Paulding County High School on Thursday morning.
    Paulding County authorities are investigating a threat that came into Paulding County High School on Thursday morning.
Powered by WorldNow

1551 Briarcliff Rd., NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

Main Number: (404) 875-5555
News Tips: (404) 898-0100

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices
.