Akron Fire Department rescue workers check a dump truck that crashed in the Cuyahoga River behind the Valley Center Plaza on Akron Peninsula Road in Akron, Ohio on Thursday, July 5, 2012. Akron police and witnesses are calling driver Christopher Burgess, of Ravenna, a hero who sacrificed his life as he maneuvered his out-of-control vehicle down Portage Trail Extension, through a busy intersection and past a strip mall of pedestrians before crashing into the Cuyahoga River. After 90 minutes, rescuers were forced to use a crane to pull the industrial-sized vehicle from the water.
Photo credit: (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Phil Masturzo)
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A State Highway Patrol inspection has found "ineffective" brakes on a 12-wheel dump truck that sped down an incline toward a plaza and an intersection before crashing into a northeast Ohio river, killing the driver.
Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards tells the Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/NnLgEk ) the condition of the brakes indicates there's no way the driver could have stopped the runaway vehicle. Edwards says two of its eight brakes were inoperable, and three were below state standards.
The truck hauling sand became submerged upside down in the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) River on July 5. The crash killed 41-year-old driver Christopher Burgess of Ravenna.
Witnesses praised him for trying to warn bystanders with a horn and maneuvering around a busy intersection, pedestrians and a strip mall without injuring anyone else.
Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com
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