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A trash collector on strike in Montgomery County has been struck by a garbage truck driven by a temporary worker.

Montgomery County police say the driver was beginning his daily runs this morning, when he drove up onto a curb and hit the striking worker. The worker was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver was charged with failing to control speed to avoid a collision.

Fifty-seven workers for Potomac Disposal in Gaithersburg went on strike Monday after some workers found I-9 employee eligibility forms attached to their timecards.  The forms are used to determine worker elibility and immigration status.  The workers say they are being used to intimidate Latino workers during contract negotiations.

When the workers arrived at Potomac Disposal this morning, they discovered the front gate was locked. A sign on the gate informed them that the company had no work for employees on strike.

Nicole Duarte, spokesperson for the union representing the workers says the lockout could result in service disruptions today in the Bradley Boulevard area of Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Wheaton, along with the Georgia Avenue and Dennis Avenue areas of Silver Spring.

Duarte says that by law, once striking workers have indicated they'll return to work, their employer must accept then back. Administrators with Potomac Disposal say the workers will be able to return, but didn't say when.

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