Horrifying ‘Brake Failure’ Costs Trucker His Life
Garden City, Utah – Investigators believe brake failure caused a tractor-trailer driver to lose control of his rig and horrifyingly crash into a sporting goods store in Garden City, Utah, on Wednesday night at approximately 6:37 p.m. Video (above) obtained by Transportation Nation Network reveals the horrific scene as the tractor-trailer speeds through a stop sign at the intersection of State Routes 30 and 89 in Rich County, jackknifes, then overturns onto its side as it crashes into Pugstones Sporting goods store.
The driver of the rig has been identified as Ahmed M Abdelgader, 31, of Omaha, Nebraska. He was airlifted to a local hospital where he would sadly succumb to his injuries. A male passenger was also transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. The only positive news is that no one was in the sporting goods store at the time of the crash because the store had closed for the evening.
Authorities with the Utah Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) said witnesses indicated that the semi was driving erratically and at a high rate of speed as the brakes could be seen “glowing.” According to investigators, the momentum of the load caused the load to break free of the semi’s trailer and continue into the building. The load, pallets of butter, were found in the building by investigators.
The building, housing the aforementioned sporting goods store, was compromised to the point of structural instability. Engineering personnel had to be called in to sure up the building before the semi could be safely removed. Our hearts go out to the families of those involved. Rest in peace driver.
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