Witness: Driver of runaway Ohio truck saved others

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Associated Press

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 10 at 1:04 PM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Witnesses say the driver of a 12-wheel dump truck sounded his horn and frantically waved his arms to warn bystanders as his out-of-control vehicle sped down an incline toward a plaza and an intersection before crashing into an Ohio river.

The truck hauling sand became submerged upside down in the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) River on Thursday, and the driver, Christopher Burgess of Ravenna, died. No other injuries were reported.

Akron police say it appears the truck's air brakes failed. They estimate the truck's speed was 50 mph.

Witnesses praised the driver for maneuvering around a busy intersection, pedestrians and a strip mall. Driver Trista Merendino watched the scene and told the Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/LZPbnn) it was clear that Burgess sacrificed himself to save other people.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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