May 29, 2013 11:13 AM by Elaine Sheridan

Man killed by truck in "freak accident"

A man in Canon City was killed Tuesday after being run over by a truck in what police call a "freak accident".

Canon City police say they got a call a man had been hit by a truck in the 12-hundred block of South Ninth Street around 3pm.

When officers arrived they discovered 60-year old Richard DeGroot had apparently been working beneath the one ton dump truck attempting to get the truck started. The truck started and rolled over the man's torso area,  crushing him.

DeGroot was found by his wife when she had heard the truck running for about 15 minutes and went to check on him. DeGroot was pronounced dead at the scene.



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