JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - A dump truck driver died Wednesday afternoon when he climbed under his stopped rig to check the back tires and the truck rolled backward over him, the State Patrol said.
The accident happened about 1:25 p.m. about a quarter-mile north of Highway 72 on Plainview Road in northern Jefferson County, said Colorado State Patrol spokesman Trooper Nate Reid.
The victim was one of several truckers hauling gravel to repair flood-damaged railroad tracks along Plainview Road.
The trucker was southbound on Plainview when he stopped alongside the road and got out to inspect the rig.
The driver had a wrench in his hand when he crawled under the back of the truck to check something in the area of the back tires, Reid said. The truck, which was on a slight hill, rolled backward and the rear tires rolled over the man.
His body was pinned under the truck until a big tow truck arrived to lift the dump truck off the man.
The victim's name has not been released and the investigation is ongoing, Reid said.