Details released in Long Beach port trucker's death

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line associate editor | Thursday, September 24, 2015

A trucker at the port of Long Beach was killed when he was apparently struck by a trailer he was detaching from his tractor, according to a report from the Long Beach Police Department.

The trucker, William Vasquez, 26, of Los Angeles, was struck by the trailer at approximately 8:47 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at a private terminal on Pier A at the Port of Long Beach. Authorities released details about the incident after Vasquez’s family held a press conference at the law offices of The Dominguez Firm in Los Angeles on Tuesday asking the public to help them find out what happened to their son.

The press release states that Vasquez was driving a 2009 Sterling three-axle tractor, when he exited the vehicle without setting the emergency brake or putting it in park. The release states that Vasquez, who was on a cell phone at the time, attempted to unlatch the trailer. The trailer began to slowly roll forward, striking the victim, who was subsequently run over.

According to a report in the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Vasquez was an independent contractor for California Multimodal LLC of Signal Hill. The report states that Vasquez had been a trucker for more than three years, had just bought a car, and was in escrow on a new house when he died. He is survived by his parents and three siblings.

The report also notes that the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA is actively investigating Vasquez’s death. By statute, Cal/OSHA has six months to close an investigation.

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