On Wednesday, a truck driver for J. F. White was hooking up his load when his truck weighing almost 140,000 pounds, slid or rolled backwards and crushed the driver’s legs beneath the truck’s rear tires.
“While connecting the trailer to the tractor, the truck operator’s lower extremities became pinned under the rear wheels of the tractor. The total weight of the vehicle is estimated at 138,000 pounds,” the Eagle Tribune reported.
The incident occurred at approximately 11:38 a.m on Lupine Road, in Andover, Massachusetts.
Andover Police Lt. James Hashem told the Eagle Tribune that the man suffered “a severe crushing injury to his lower extremities” and that the injuries he sustained are life threatening.
It took emergency crews 25 minutes to free the driver. Rescue air bags had to be used to lift the trailer off of the driver. Once he was freed, the driver was life flighted to Beth Israel Hospital.
The driver’s name has not been released.
OSHA is now investigating the accident. No other details about the accident have been released.
This is not the first time J.F. White has been investigated by OSHA. In 2001, J.F. White and three other companies were cited for exposing employees to dangerous crystalline silica. In 2006, OSHA fined J.F. White $154,200 for fall, drowning, crushing and other hazards at a Haverhill, Mass., bridge construction site.
We will bring you more details on this accident as they come available. A