A teenage trash worker was crushed to death while loading a garbage truck at a private Brooklyn recycling center. The 18-year-old was crushed when he got into a position where a piece of the truck’s compactor knocked him in the chest.
Luis Camarillo had only been employed by Chambers Paper Fibres for approximately three weeks before he died.
“Somehow, Camarillo got into a position where a piece of the truck’s compactor knocked him in the chest. He was then crushed by the truck’s hydraulic system,” officials stated.
Neighbors were in shock over the horrific death of the trash worker.
“It is so horrible,” said Jason-Louise Graham, 28, who works for an art dealership and lives in a loft above the plant. “It’s a little scary because people live here, too.”
Camarillo was unconscious when emergency medical services arrived. He was later declared dead at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn.
His family was so happy about the young man starting his job with the company.
“He had something to do to make money and keep him out of trouble. His mother was proud,” said his uncle, Miguel Ariza, 48. He lived in Mott Haven with his 4-year-old sister and his mom, Dalia Gervacio — who was “devastated” by the tragedy, a relative said.
“The pain of a mother has no words. That was her only son,” said cousin Lucero Ariza, 22. “He used to play soccer a lot, and he was a nice guy,” Ariza added. “He was always with his family.”