Man Killed While Trying To Load Truck Onto Trailer

Posted at 6:05 PM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 19:32:08-04

A man was killed when he and his father were trying to load a box truck onto a trailer.

According to Metro Nashville Police Department officials, 55-year-old John Bruce Jr. and his father 75-year-old John Bruce.

The elder Bruce was using his pickup truck to push his son’s broken down box truck onto a flatbed trailer which was connected to a dump truck.

It happened at the 1200 block of Jefferson Davis Drive in Nashville.

As the box truck started up the trailer, the weight of the box truck caused the front of the trailer and the rear of the dump truck to come off the ground. The box truck, trailer, and dump truck all started sliding down the road.

John Bruce Jr. saw the vehicles begin to slide down the road and tried to get into the dump truck cab to apply the brakes. His father, then steered back to the right in an attempt to stop the vehicles.

He did not see his son who became pinned between the trailer and his pickup. John Bruce Jr. was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he later died.

There was no evidence of drug or alcohol involvement at the scene.