Construction Accident Kills Tractor Trailer Driver on New Jersey Turnpike

The driver of a tractor trailer died after a concrete barrier that he was delivering to a construction zone on the New Jersey Turnpike fell on him.The driver of a tractor trailer was killed when a concrete barrier that he was delivering to a construction zone on the New Jersey Turnpike fell off the trailer of his truck and crushed him.

WPVI-TV reports that the accident occurred just before 8:00 a.m. on July 11 when the driver of the big rig, 51-year-old Carmen DiLuzio of Wilmington, Delaware, had parked his truck near Exit 7 in Bordentown Township.

Officials told the news source that DiLuzio had loosened the restraints that were holding a load of concrete barriers when one of them fell off the back of the trailer, crushing him to death.

DiLuzio was reportedly working for the Tipton Trucking based out of Oxford, Pennsylvania. The company is under contract to deliver the barriers to the construction area.

The exact cause of the accident under investigation by a number of agencies including the New Jersey State Police Construction Unit and the Crime Scene Investigation Unit. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has also been notified.

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that 667 people died as the result of motor vehicle accidents in highway work zones in 2009.