CAPE ELIZABETH (AP) — The Cape Elizabeth Town Council was asked to review safety issues at a transfer station months before a former public works director was killed in an accident there this week.

The Portland Press Herald ( ) reported current Public Workers Director Robert Malley says the council was asked to conduct the review in September. Malley says the volume of vehicle and pedestrian activity in the area is “not safe.”

Seventy-nine-year-old Herbert Dennison was struck by an SUV at the facility on Monday morning while he was throwing garbage into a below-ground trash compactor. Police say 72-year-old Christine Sharp-Lopez was backing up at a high speed when she struck Dennison and pushed him into the compactor, which was off at the time. He died at the scene.

The accident is under investigation.

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