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Truck driver killed

by Teri Vance, Appeal Staff Writer
A 60-year-old California truck driver was killed on Wednesday morning when his semi rolled backwards pinning him between the truck and the loading dock at Lowe's. His identity has not yet been released and an autopsy is planned this morning.
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A 60-year-old California truck driver was killed Wednesday when he was accidentally pinned between his tractor-trailer rig and the loading dock at Lowe’s home improvement store in Carson City.

The name of the driver was not being released pending notification of family members.

Sheriff’s Lt. Ray Saylo said the driver left his truck running to build up air pressure for the brakes and walked to the back of the trailer to tell loaders he was finished.

The driver did not set the emergency brake and the truck rolled backward shortly before 9:48 a.m., Saylo said. The driver, who worked for McKelvey Trucking Co., tried to escape, but was pinned.

Jaime Jasso, a driver for Border’s trucking company, had just arrived with his delivery of plants when he heard a Lowe’s employee yelling for help.

“I heard somebody crying, ‘Come, hurry up. There’s somebody trapped behind the truck,'” Jasso said. “I ran around and the motor was on and I pulled up the truck.”

Hoping to save the man’s life, Jasso carefully maneuvered the big rig.

“I was very nervous because I knew if I moved it even a little bit back, it would kill him,” he said.

But it was too late.

“That’s really bad,” Jasso said. “What a terrible way to die — in an accident like that.”

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and an autopsy is scheduled for this morning.