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A police officer inspects the scene where visiting grandmother Adoracion Matias Ong died. The victim’s umbrella and shoes can be seen in the photo.  (Photo by Tariq Zehawi courtesy of The Record)


BERGENFIELD, N.J. — A 74-year-old grandmother reportedly visiting from the Philippines was killed after she was struck and pinned under a garbage truck on Aug. 9, the Filipino Reporter has learned.

Police reports said Adoracion Matias Ong, who was visiting relatives in northern New Jersey, was walking south on the east side of North Washington Avenue around 7:45 a.m. when she began crossing East Church Street and was fatally struck by a garbage truck.

The truck, owned by the Jersey City-based Interstate Waste Services, was traveling south on North Washington Avenue and attempting to turn left onto East Church Street at the time of the accident, police said.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office investigated the incident and determined that it was an accident, according to its spokeswoman Maureen Parenta.

The truck driver was not charged.

According to The Record, police officers happened to be nearby on an unrelated matter assisting the Fire Department at 16 North Washington Avenue when they heard screams for help coming from the area of a 7-Eleven store at 53 North Washington Avenue.

Police responders rushed to the scene and crawled under the truck and removed Ong from beneath it, then administered CPR.

Paramedics and members of the Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corps later arrived and took over the CPR.

Shortly thereafter, Ong was transported to Holy Name Medical Center, where she later succumbed to serious injuries, police said.

A Bergenfield detective told the Filipino Reporter Ong will be buried in the Philippines.

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