Truck pinned driver leading to death

WELLSVILLE — The Carroll County man who died Monday from an accident at the Columbiana County Port Authority’s industrial park was pinned between his truck and the roll-off shipping container he had just unloaded.

The county coroner’s office identified the victim as Clifford Foster, 56, of Malvern. Foster drove a truck for Heritage Transport and had been picking up and dropping off shipping containers in an area of the industrial park under lease to Pier 48, which operates a riverfront terminal at the site.

Village Police Chief Eddie Wilson said his department received a call about 8:30 p.m. Monday from Heritage after the trucking company was contacted by Foster’s wife, who had become concerned when unable to reach her husband. Officers went to the scene and found Foster pinned to the shipping container by his roll-off truck.

The truck was still running but the air brakes were not engaged.

“He had dropped it (the container) off and he was standing in between when the truck apparently rolled backwards on him,” Wilson said. “It was relatively flat ground, but it had a 2-3 percent grade.”

The chief said the shipping container had been unloaded, but it appeared Foster was completing the disengagement process when the accident occurred.

The truck’s GPS device showed the vehicle had not moved from the site since about 1:30 p.m. that day.

Wilson said shipping containers are loaded and unloaded onto railroad cars by Pier 48, but Wilson and port authority CEO Penny Traina said the accident did not involve Pier 48 operations.

“On behalf of the Columbiana County Port Authority, we extend our sympathies to his family,” Traina said.

Heritage Transport is a subsidiary of Heritage Thermal Services, which operates a hazardous waste incinerator next to the port authority’s headquarters in East Liverpool, Traina explained. Heritage Transport leases office space at the port authority’s East Liverpool location along with a parking lot for its trucks.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues to investigate the accident, but will have no comment until its probe is completed, which will take several months.

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