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Man Killed After Father Tries To Load Box Truck Onto Trailer With Pickup


A Tennessee man lost his life yesterday as he and his father attempted to load a broken down box truck onto a trailer.

The incident happened around noon in the 1200 block of Jefferson Davis Drive in Nashville.

Box Truck Recovery Turns Into Father – Son Tragedy

According to police, 75 year old John Bruce was attempting to help his son, 55 year old John Bruce Jr., to load his disabled box truck onto a trailer.

From the Nashville Police Department news release:

The elder Bruce was using his pickup truck to push his son’s broken down box truck onto a flatbed trailer which was connected to a dump truck.       

As the box truck started up the trailer, the weight of the box truck caused the front of the trailer and the rear of the dump truck to come off the ground. The box truck, trailer, and dump truck all started sliding down the roadway.       

John Bruce Jr. saw the vehicles begin to slide down the road and tried to get into the dump truck cab to apply the brakes. His father, meanwhile, steered back to the right in an attempt to stop the vehicles. He did not see his son who became pinned between the trailer and his pickup.

Bruce Jr. was transported to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

Police say that drugs and alcohol were not a factor.


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