No one ever expects to get hit by their own vehicle. Yet, it is something that occasionally happens, sometimes with fatal results. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on a man getting hit and killed by his own street sweeper in Gwinnett.
In an incident that occurred last Thursday, a driver was hit and killed by his own street sweeper in the early morning hours in Gwinnett County.
According to a witness, 47-year-old Orlando Hall was having issues with his equipment and pulled into the Quik Trip at Pleasant Hill Road and Club Drive.
Hall was attempting to loosen debris and became trapped between the hydraulic arm and the hopper of the truck. Investigators currently believe that Hall may have been trying to identify or diagnose and fix a mechanical issue that was occurring at the time of the incident.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration sent investigators who spent five hours on the scene before leaving at around 11 a.m.
Firefighters with Gwinnett were able to free Hall, who was removed from the scene.
A regular customer, Lee Drummund, who witnessed the incident, had this to say:
“I don’t even know what to say about something like that,” Drummond said. “That’s crazy, God that’s insane I don’t know. I hate that I don’t know if he got family or whatever the case may be.”
OSHA says that it may take months to complete the investigation into the accident.
Rhino Services out of Coweta County owns the street sweeper. They declined to comment on the incident.
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