Driver Exits Burning Semi-Truck and Falls to His Death

Kentuck Case Report: 15KY030
Release Date: March 21, 2016


On Friday, June 8, 2015 a 52-year-old semi-truck driver was traveling southbound on a six- lane interstate. He suddenly braked hard and swerved to the right striking the right shoulder of a bridge concrete barrier wall spanning a river. The right gasoline tank on the truck ruptured and caught fire as a result of the friction.

Though there were no direct witnesses, it is believed the driver exited the passenger side window to escape the fire, and fell to his death over the concrete barrier wall. He was discovered by fire fighters 170 feet below the bridge in a steep wooded area. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

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