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Dump truck driver dies after his vehicle was struck by a train.
University of Kentucky
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 06KY057, 2007 Sep; :1-12
On a late summer morning, at approximately 6:10 AM, a 63-year-old, self-employed male dump truck driver left his home hauling a load of dry septic waste. He was hauling the septic waste to a nearby town for disposal. His home was located at the end of a dead-end street, parallel to the nearby railroad tracks. After the driver exited his driveway, he drove down the street parallel to the tracks which ran north and south. There was a train on the tracks traveling approximately 33 miles per hour. The train engineer, after clearing some trees located between the railroad tracks and the dump truck driver's house, observed the dump truck driver approach the railroad crossing, applied the train brakes and shut down power to the engine. The train struck the dump truck on its passenger side, pushing it over onto its right side. The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the truck and pinned underneath the front right tire. The train engineer called emergency medical services who was dispatched immediately. Emergency medical services arrived and transported the driver to a nearby trauma hospital where he arrived at approximately 7:07 AM. He died 5 ½ hours later due to multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the crash. To prevent future occurrences of similar incidents, the following recommendations have been made: 1. Dump truck drivers should obey all traffic guidelines pertaining to railroad track crossings. 2. If a commercial vehicle stalls on a railroad grade crossing, the driver should immediately exit the vehicle and contact emergency services. 3. Commercial drivers should always wear safety belts while operating a motor vehicle. 4. The state of Kentucky should adopt a vegetation clearance code/regulation pertaining to sight of clearance along railroad tracks and crossings.
Region-4; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injury-prevention; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Railroads; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Truck-drivers; Trucking
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
University of Kentucky
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