Driver crushed after rig rolls forward

Truck driver dies after falling under the wheels of his vehicle

January 27, 2012

A truck driver has been crushed to death after his rig from rolled forward while he was attaching the prime mover to the trailer.

The driver, in his 60s, tried to climb into the cabin of the truck and apply the brakes but fell under the wheels.

WorkSafe Victoria says initial inquiries suggest the brakes on the prime mover had not been applied while the trailer was being attached.

The added weight was initially supported by the trailer’s parking brakes, but a build-up of air pressure in the system allowed the trailer brakes to be released.

The incident happened in the Victorian region of Hepburn Springs northwest of Melbourne.

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