My dad

NorthernRedneck

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My heart is breaking as I type this. I lost my dad yesterday in a tractor trailer incident. He was retired for a few years but decided to go back to work out of boredom at 67 driving a tractor trailer hauling heavy equipment around the region.

He was delivering a large excavator to a work site. The trailer has the detachable goose neck to unload from the front of the trailer. After he was done unloading the machine, he backed up the tractor unit to reconnect. He forgot to pull the air brake know and when he reconnected the air lines, the brakes released and the truck rolled backwards over him killing him instantly. We are all in shock.

This is him 3 days ago on their 48th wedding anniversary.

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NorthernRedneck

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Thanks guys. It's been a long night. He always said that he didn't want to suffer in a hospital bed and instead go quickly doing something that he loved.

Dad didn't need to go back to work as they we financially well off. He wanted to stay active and busy. They normally go to Arizona every winter but haven't been able to due to covid restrictions.

(I wonder if the coroner's report will list the cause of death as covid?)
 

NorthernRedneck

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It's still hard to believe that you won't be walking through the door ever again. Dad was the one that held us all together. He was always there for us. Now is the time to be there for him.

It's nothing official but we did get word back from the coroner that it may have been a mechanical issue with the truck that caused it to roll backwards over him as it appears he may have already been laying on the ground between the tires trying to free a stuck brake pod on the truck when it rolled backwards crushing him. There was evidence of blocking being used to keep the truck from rolling backwards.

My parents always enjoyed going out to dinner. Here they are recently.

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sno-drifter

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So sorry for your loss. I miss my dad as we did lots of projects together. The time you and your dad spent was precious, great memories. This accident makes me think more about how I do things which can be dangerous. Many of us do stuff that we have been doing so long that it is easy to forget one step. My thinking isn't what is was, but I still do stuff. You have given me and I know others with the grey hair a gift. I hope the memorial race goes well for you and your brother.
 

NorthernRedneck

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Thank you. As I told the rest of my family, the races this weekend are no longer about prizes, trophies, or victories. The biggest victory for us this weekend will be watching my brother pull out on that track knowing that we're all in that car with him and that dad is watching down from above with a smile on his face seeing how we pulled together as a family.

We went to see the transport and get his belongings this morning. As the truck is at the tow yard and was locked up, we were met by the owner of the towing company who was there to haul the truck and trailer. What happened was that he was parked on a hill unloading the excavator at a construction site where a new house was being built. When he finished unloading it, he went to reconnect the gooseneck and lowbed portions of the trailer. The two halves weren't lining up so he was in and out of the truck several times. The last time he was finally able to couple the sections together. And in a rush, forgot to engage the air brakes before reconnecting the lines. As soon as he connected the first line, the brakes released and the truck and trailer began rolling backwards at a high rate of speed sucking him under the back tires. It rolled right over him and continued on another 200 feet down a hill before crashing through the house hitting two construction workers (they were thrown aside and survived). The trailer then crashed through the opposite side of the house and hit a parked van which stopped it.
 

Melensdad

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It has been crazy here at my home and I really should apologize for not sending my condolences sooner. Your sudden loss is both tragic for your family and a shock to all in your circle of friends. Sometimes I lose track of what is really important and get stuck in my own life but the reality is that we all need to stop, to stand still, to appreciate what we have, and to see the good in everyone around us. You just lost one of those very good things and there is no way I can express how sorry I am for your loss. Nor can I express my own sorrow for not expressing this sooner.
 
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