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Truck driver crushed to death when load shifts on runaway ramp
by Tribune Staff
Apr 24, 2012 | 3680 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Eric Holton, a 31-year-old truck driver from Gardnerville, was killed Monday when he tried to stop his big rig using a runaway truck ramp on State Route 431. When the vehicle stopped at the end of the ramp, the load of decking materials it was carrying slammed forward, crushing the cab with Holton inside. No other vehicles were involved.
Courtesy Photo Eric Holton, a 31-year-old truck driver from Gardnerville, was killed Monday when he tried to stop his big rig using a runaway truck ramp on State Route 431. When the vehicle stopped at the end of the ramp, the load of decking materials it was carrying slammed forward, crushing the cab with Holton inside. No other vehicles were involved.
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INCLINE VILLAGE — A truck driver was killed Monday afternoon on a runaway truck ramp when his load of building materials crashed forward.

Eric Holton, 31, from Gardnerville, was killed at about 2:45 p.m. on State Route 431, approximately one-half mile east of State Route 28. According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, Holton was driving an 18-wheeled commercial motor vehicle comprised of a truck tractor pulling a trailer transporting composite decking materials traveling westbound on the two-lane highway.

For reasons still being investigated, Holton used the truck ramp to try to stop his vehicle. When truck and trailer stopped near the termination point of the ramp, the entire load of building materials shifted forward, crushing the entire cab and killing Holton. No other vehicles were involved.

Witnesses to this incident are encouraged to call 687-0400 regarding case number NHP-120423450.
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