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Truck driver dead after legs crushed by steel pipe

Truck driver dead after legs crushed by steel pipe

by Maggie Crane

KMOV.com

Posted on July 23, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 26 at 10:47 PM

(KMOV) -- A woman is dead after her legs were crushed by a steel pipe on Friday.

Officials said she lost a lot of blood and died at a hospital a few hours after an incident at Barnes Pipe and Steel Supply in Dupo.

Witnesses say the victim was an independent truck driver.  Her semi was loaded with 24-inch steel pipes, ready for transport.  A witness said that as crews were securing the heavy load, one of those large pipes rolled off the top of the truck -- falling and crushing the driver standing below.

The 1,000 pound, 30-foot pipe pinned her lower legs.  First responders said the victim was alert and conscious while they used a forklift to pry the pipe off of her.

A fellow truck driver described what he saw:

"I heard a bang, and when I looked over, I saw a lady laying on the ground, and everybody hollered for 911," Brian Sanders, an independent truck driver, says.  "It hit her leg, and there was a big gash in her legs -- both legs."

Collinsville Police say that the victim's daughter was on her way from Oklahoma to be with her mom.

The company had no comment other than to tell News 4 that employees were still pretty shaken up, even this evening.

 

Maggie Crane is a reporter at KMOV.  To contact her, email mcrane@kmov.com.

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