Man pinned under truck in stable condition, investigation continues

September 21, 2011
Santa Paula Police Department

The man injured when he was briefly pinned under a tractor-trailer at an area job site last week is in stable condition, according to a Santa Paula Police Department spokesman.

Damon Redman, 38, was injured Wednesday when he was briefly stuck under a tractor-trailer after he and co-workers were moving a piece of heavy equipment off a large semi-truck.

The workers had just unloaded the vehicle, located in a Santa Maria Street yard shared by Hayward Baker and Ventura Crane Incorporated, when the driver of the semi-truck pulled forward and Redman became stuck under the vehicle. Workers in the area quickly used a truck-mounted crane to lift the trailer off Redman, who was freed before emergency responders arrived on the scene. 

Authorities initially said the truck rolled over Redman’s torso and legs, but SPPD Lt. Troyce Reynolds said it appeared he was stuck under low axles and the trailer bed, not run over by the semi’s wheels. Redman is an employee of Hayward Baker, and the truck was driven by Paul Zavala, 34, of Fillmore, who was driving for Oxnard-based McCarty & Sons towing.

Emergency responders credit those other workers on the scene for their fast action in utilizing a crane to lift the vehicle off Redman. 

The incident remains under investigation. Police had not determined who was at fault, although Reynolds said it appears to have been “just an unfortunate accident.”

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