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Man killed by run-away work truck

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By Robin Bass

A Taylorsville man was fatally wounded Saturday evening when he was accidentally run over by his work truck.

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Michael L. Hack, 47, was standing near the rear of an International truck when it rolled over a barricade of rocks and pieces of wood that had been used to chock the wheels.

Deputy Gordon Miles said that Hack had enough time to yell out a warning to his son-in-law before being struck and killed by the 5-ton vehicle.

Hack was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Janet Graff-Oliver.

When officers arrived at the location of the accident on Love Lane shortly after 6 p.m, they discovered two vehicles and a wood chipper along a narrow, steep driveway. The International, which was the farthest up the hill, lay on its side in a ditch. The wood chipper was several feet down the drive in front of a second truck.

The victim’s son-in-law, Jeremy Richardson, told police that the clutch failed on the International while hauling the wood chipper up the drive. Hack and Richardson lodged wooden pallet pieces, logs and large rocks behind the wheels before attempting to unhook the heavy piece of equipment.

Miles said a rope was tied off from the truck to the chipper and that the shifting equipment may have caused the International to hop the makeshift barricade.

“It was just a horrible, tragic accident,” said Miles.