Loading Dock Accident Claims Young Trucker’s Life

Germantown, NY – A 25-year-old trucker was tragically killed in a loading dock accident in New York last week as he was helping a co-driver load a trailer.

According to the New York State Police (NYSP), the fatal accident occurred around 12:45 p.m. on Friday, October 2.




 

Trucker Matthew Austin, of Millbury, MA, was loading at Taconic Biosciences, located at 273 Hover Avenue in Germantown, NY.

NYSP said Austin had been helping his co-driver load a trailer when, for unknown reasons, the 2020 Freightliner rolled backwards, pinning Austin between the trailer and the dock.

He was med-flighted to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Austin was a driver for Brockton, MA-based BioTrans LLC at the time of his death.

According to Austin’s family, he received his CDL in October 2018.




 

Austin received a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology in May of the same year, but soon “found a new love in truck driving.”

He loved America and enjoyed the opportunity to travel across it through his career as a professional driver, his family said.

“He loved finding the little out of the way treasures, along with the amazing scenic views,” his family shared.

Austin enjoyed sharing his adventures as a trucker after every trip.

NYSP said the accident is still under investigation.

 


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