MODESTO, Calif. (CBS/AP) — Police say a homeless woman sleeping in a cardboard box was struck and killed by heavy machinery operated by a road crew clearing a homeless camp.
According to reports, 33-year-old Shannon Marie Bigley was killed August 1 in a grassy field alongside a highway where a homeless camp was built.READ MORE: The Cost Of $4.99 Rotisserie Chickens: Costco Gets Sued For Animal Mistreatment
Modesto police say the incident occurred while a Caltrans crew was attempting to clear the encampment. Details on the machinery were not disclosed.
State officials four months ago rejected a union grievance filed by workers who object to clearing homeless encampments. The union argued unsuccessfully that workers lack safety equipment and training.READ MORE: These US Companies Will Cover Travel Costs For Employees Who Need An Abortion
A Caltrans statement expressed sympathy for the victim’s family.
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