LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — A beach maintenance worker collecting trash in a small truck ran over a man sleeping on the sand in Long Beach on Tuesday.

The victim, who was lying face-down on the beach, was hit around 9 a.m. between 54th and 55th Place, according to Ed Kamlan of the Long Beach City Manager’s Office.

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The man, who was described as homeless, was taken to the hospital. His injuries are non-life-threatening.

Neighbors said they’ve seen the same man sleeping on the beach for the last four months. On Tuesday morning, however, they said he slept more out in the open.

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City officials told KCAL9’s Stacey Butler that the incident was an accident.

Residents said the maintenance worker always drives carefully and slowly when he’s out on the beach.

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