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 Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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