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Man Killed When Military Shipping Container Falls on Vehicle

Posted on August 4, 2014

On July 31, an Oklahoma man was killed and another was injured after the pickup truck they were in was crushed by a military transport vehicle’s shipping container. The incident happened near Sooner Road on the 6600 block of NE 23rd Street in Oklahoma City.

According to police reports, a truck carrying two people was traveling behind a military transport car hauling heavy exercise equipment on NE 23rd Street. When the transport vehicle tried to go under a low railroad bridge, the shipping container dislodged and fell on top of the truck. Due to the accident, police closed NE 23rd Street from Sooner Road to Air Depot Boulevard to clear the wreckage.

A 49-year-old man was killed. Another individual suffered undisclosed injuries, and sources indicate that the person is receiving treatment at a local medical center. Their condition was not reported. Police did not say if the driver of the military transport car was also injured or if that person would face in charges in connection to the fatal accident. Officers were assisted by several crews from both Oklahoma City and Midwest City.

Commercial vehicles are subject to both state and federal regulations regarding the height, width and length of a semi’s trailer. If a trucking company does not meet these regulations, it could held liable for damages in the event of an accident. Injured individuals or the family members of decedents who were involved in a similar trucking accident could choose to seek the services of an attorney to represent them in a lawsuit against the truck driver accused of causing the wreck or the company that owns the truck.

Source: News 9, “One Killed After Shipping Container Falls On Truck In OKC“, Matthew Nuttle, July 31, 2014

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