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Man dies after getting caught in tanker fuel line

Man dies after getting caught in tanker fuel line

By Paul Koepp | Posted - Dec. 19, 2010 at 10:46 p.m.



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BLUFFDALE -- An employee of a Bluffdale trucking company died Sunday after he became caught in the fuel line of a tanker truck.

The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Ron Osborne Trucking, 14703 S. 1000 West, according to Bluffdale Fire Capt. Jarred Roberts. The 36-year-old man was flown to University Hospital, where he died early Sunday.

Ron Osborne, the owner of the company, identified him as Jason Webb.


It's just a mystery. I can't imagine how he even got under there. The only thing that makes sense to me is that he stumbled and fell.

–Ron Osborne


Webb was conscious and screaming when crews arrived and found him caught and spinning in the truck's machinery, Roberts said.

Police say it appears Webb's clothing became stuck in a gear-like device -- pulling him into the equipment.

His arm was broken in five places and torn off at the shoulder, and he also suffered massive head trauma and a liver laceration.

Osborne said he had "no idea" how Webb, who was pumping fuel from truck to another, ended up underneath the truck. He said Webb had at least 10 years experience doing similar work. Webb's brother heard the accident from an inside office and called 911.

"It's just a mystery. I can't imagine how he even got under there. The only thing that makes sense to me is that he stumbled and fell," Osborne said. "I'm sick over it. He was like another son to me."

E-mail: pkoepp@desnews.com

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