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Dump Truck Driver Killed in Quarry Accident

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

A dump truck drove off a 300-foot cliff and killed the person behind the wheel.

Details about the Dump Truck Accident

KUTV News is reporting that safety officials are conducting an investigation into an industrial accident in which dump truck ell off a 300-foot quarry wall in Salk Lake City.

The accident was reported when workers at the Staker-Parson quarry operation near 2080 North Beck Street were unable to locate one of their coworkers and began looking for him at around 11:00 p.m on Tuesday.

The workers found the 53-year-old man inside the cab of the dump truck which was partially submerged under water at the base of the cliff.  

Salt Lake City Fire Captain Mark Bebnarik said that the area at the bottom of the quarry has standing water in it, and that is where the truck landed when it fell off the wall of the quarry.

Emergency crews were called to the scene of the accident and performed CPR and other life-saving procedures when they arrived, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are currently investigating the accident, but they believe the driver may have been backing up his truck at the time of the accident.

Important Information about Large Truck Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that there are thousands of wrongful deaths every year as a result of large truck accidents:

  • 3,964 people were killed in large truck accidents in 2013.
  • 64 percent of large truck accidents happened in rural areas in the United States.
  • Large trucks accounted for 9 percent of all fatal accidents in the United States in 2013.


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