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Crash leads to protection for garbage truck workers

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STOUGHTON (WKOW) -- A serious crash that cost a garbage worker his leg could lead to new protection for garbage crews.  

On January 5, a car hit Mark Friend near Stoughton, pinning him between his garbage truck and the car.

He spent two weeks in a coma and two months in the hospital, making it home to Ixonia just a week ago.

"I was told I was a miracle at the hospital.  Every single thing had to go perfect in order for me to live.  And the lord above, and everybody around me praying for me, is what kept me alive," says Friend.

Six months earlier, he had spoken with state republican assemblyman John Jagler about his concerns that garbage truck drivers could be seriously hurt while on the job.

"It was very stunning to me that here he had warned that this was going to happen, that something needed to be done, and there was evidence that it should be done, and then it Happened to him. It just floored me," says Jagler.

So Jagler wrote a bill that would increase fines for drivers who don't slow down near garbage crews.

He plans to introduce it at the Capitol Friday.

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