It was a tragic accident. One woman lost her life and a truck driver is now facing possible charges.
On Saturday, Heather Warren, a U.S. Steel employee, was spotting trucks at the docks at U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Works’ Cold Mill Shipping in Michigan when a truck backed into her. She died instantly.
Warren’s sister told local media that she was spotting one truck, while another truck was waiting. The truck backed up an struck her, pinning her between the two trucks.
“The semi didn’t see her,” Sheryl Warren, the victims sister told the Detroit Free Press. “Someone tried to get her attention, but she had headphones on and didn’t hear.”
“This was not part of her regular job. I don’t even think she was trained for this,” Sheryl Warren told the News-Herald. Warren’s employer has yet to confirm whether or not Warren was trained as a spotter.
The truck driver who struck her was taken into custody. The News-Herald reports that the driver is facing possible homicide charges, however, the Detroit Free Press reports the case is being turned over to the prosecuting attorney who will decide what the driver will be charged with or if he will face any charges.
Warren was a shift supervisor and had was employed by U.S. Steel for three years.
The accident is under investigation at this time. No further details have been released.
Detroit Free Press