Crushed driver tried to stop truck

MICHAEL FOX
Last updated 13:40 14/06/2012

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A man killed after being crushed by his truck north of Auckland was trying to stop it from rolling down a hill, police say.

The 66-year-old was killed on Fiddlers Hill Rd near Puhoi about 8am on Tuesday.

Constable Caroline Ludford of the Waitemata Serious Crash Unit said the man, who lived locally, was working alone but the incident was witnessed by one other person.

Ludford said the man's employer was assisting them with their investigation.

"This is a tragic accident and they've lost a good friend and employee."

She said the man was loading a small digger onto the back of his truck, which was parked and facing downhill, when the truck started to roll forward.

"It appears that he's jumped off and out of the small digger and off the truck, probably in an attempt to try and stop the truck.

"However, as he's been running around he's been caught and dragged underneath the truck.''

It was possible the man had tripped before being run over though that was still under investigation.

Ludford said the handbrake was on at the time of the incident but the truck began to roll with the weight of the digger loaded on the back.

The truck was being examined to see if there were any mechanical issues.

The name of the victim has not yet been released.

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