Truck driver run over by his rig

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | 8/21/2012

The mechanic who freed a truck driver who was pinned underneath his rig says the parking brake was set when he jumped in to back the truck off the trapped driver.

According to the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department’s investigation report, Timothy Schrandt, a mechanic who worked at the Mariani Nursery in the Village of Bristol, WI, was able to back the rig off the driver, Rene Ramirez, 41, of Gurnee, IL, who was making a delivery to the nursery.

The report states that Ramirez crawled under his Kenworth after hearing odd noises earlier. The truck started rolling forward, dragging him roughly 25 feet before his truck hit a dumpster, pinning Ramirez under the rear driver’s side tires.

Ramirez sustained a broken leg and other injures in the incident. Ronald Lester, owner of the company Ramirez drove for, arrived at the scene. The sheriff’s report states that Lester told investigators that the truck Ramirez was operating had routine maintenance and was in good operating condition.

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