published Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Georgia: Truck driver killed when he attempted to fix his brakes

A truck driver was killed this afternoon in Georgia when his truck rolled back on top of him as he was trying to fix his brakes, authorities said.

As a man — who hasn’t been identified pending family notification — was pulling out of Marine Drive near the Mohawk Industries his brakes locked up, said Calhoun, Ga., police Lt. Tony Pyle.

The man jumped out of the wrecker truck and tried to fix the brakes, Pyle said. But when he succeeded in releasing the brakes police believe the truck was still in gear and it rolled forward, he said.

The man was killed instantly, Pyle said.

The accident happened around 1:45 p.m. after the man had dropped off a delivery at Mowhawk Industries, Pyle said. The truck belonged to Bailey Co.

Police are still investigating and it’s being treated as a traffic accident, Pyle said. Authorities will also check the truck to see if it was up to regulations, he said.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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