EL PASO, Texas -- A 59-year-old man died after he was caught between the rear axles of a big-rig's trailer that he was helping to move out of traffic, El Paso police said Monday.
The deadly incident happened Sunday just before 11 a.m. in the 7400 block of North Mesa near Remcon in west El Paso.
Police said the driver of big rig, 61-year-old Joel Ramirez, was turning west onto North Mesa but failed to lift the trailer's support wheels before exiting and the wheels became stuck on the sidewalk. That's when tow-truck driver Carlos Olague came to dislodge the trailer.
Police said as Olague attempted to remove the trailer, he and Ramirez had a miscommunication and Ramirez rolled the big-rig forward while Olague was between the rear axles.
Olague's right leg was run over by the rear tires of the trailer; he was taken to the hospital where police said he later died.