Update 8:42 a.m.: An employee at the Upper Valley Disposal & Recycling facility near St. Helena was killed this morning when he tripped and fell in front of a Freightliner truck, a California Highway Patrol officer said.
The victim, identified as Gabriel Diaz-Cervantes, 45, of Calistoga, walked out the side door of an office building at the facility around 3:45 a.m. and fell in front of the tires of a 1984 Freightliner that was passing by at about 2 mph, CHP Officer Garrett Ray said.
The truck's driver, identified as Alan McClure, 58, of Napa, said he did not see Diaz-Cervantes, who also worked as a driver for the company, Ray said.
"Alcohol was not involved and it appears to be a tragic accident," Ray said.
The private disposal and recycling facility is located at 1285 Whitehall Lane in Saint Helena. Ray said it is believed that Diaz-Cervantes had just clocked in to begin his workday when the incident happened.
Cal/OSHA is expected to investigate the incident, Ray said.
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a truck near St. Helena early this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol and the Napa County Sheriff's Office.
The collision occurred shortly before 4 a.m. on commercial property near South Whitehall Lane, just off of state Highway 29, according to the sheriff's office.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the truck driver is cooperating with the investigation, sheriff's officials said.
According to the sheriff's office, the victim was a man in his 40s. His name has not yet been released.