Street sweeper runs over its operator in St. Pete

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL. - The St. Petersburg Police Department is investigating a serious injury accident where a man was run over by s street sweeper.

It happened Tuesday around 8 a.m. in the area of Jefferson Circle South East and 4th Street North.

Preliminary information from investigators on the scene is that the operator of a street sweeper, Mark John Tucker, was attempting to get on the vehicle, when it began to move causing him to fall. While he was lying on the ground, the sweeper continued to move and rolled over his upper body.

He was transported to Bayfront Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Traffic investigators have turned the investigation of to Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA.)

We will have more on this story as it becomes available.