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I-Team: Pedestrian hit at Cape Elizabeth recycling center as town works to improve safety

According to a crash report obtained by the I-Team, last Saturday a woman was hit as she was unloading items at the Swap Shop.

CAPE ELIZABETH (WGME) - The I-Team investigates new safety concerns at the Cape Elizabeth Trash and Recycling Center.

We discovered just last weekend another pedestrian was hit at the facility.

It follows a deadly accident in 2014.

Work is now underway to upgrade and re-design the nearly 40-year-old center. The changes come after the death of the town's former public works director Herb Dennison.

A police report reveals Dennison was killed after a woman backed into him as he was throwing bags of trash into the below-ground trash compactor.

Since the accident, the I-Team has exposed on-going safety concerns, and this week we learned of another accident.

According to a crash report obtained by the I-Team, last Saturday a woman was hit as she was unloading items at the Swap Shop.

The report says a driver was backing up and didn't see her.

The victim went to the hospital for hip and back pain.

Public Works Director Bob Malley said he doesn't believe the accident was related to the construction project, but he said the new site will be much safer.

"They're not backing in obviously. They'll be driving up alongside these stationary compactors which will be visible. Everyone will be driving forward in the same direction," Malley said.

When the project is all over most of the current parking spaces outside the Swap Shop will be gone and there will be a more traditional parking lot, preventing people from backing out into traffic.

Cape Elizabeth residents we talked with said they're looking forward to the new facility.

The $1.4 million project was approved by voters last June.

Town officials expect the project will be finished by August 1.

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