HURRICANE – A trip to the pawn shop turned tragic Monday as a man riding in the back of a truck fell out and was critically injured. The accident happened a little before 2 p.m. at 300 West State Street in Hurricane.
According to the driver, David Hill, and his passenger, Tracy Kazik, the two had taken a big-screen TV to a pawn shop. Their friend, a 42-year-old man, was sitting on a wooden chair in the bed of the red 1992 pickup truck, holding onto the TV.
After leaving the pawn shop, the truck made a slow-speed turn from 300 West heading east onto State Street. As the truck was turning, one of the chair legs broke and the man fell out of the truck.
“He was bleeding a lot from the head,” Kazik said. “He hit his head when he fell out. I guess he landed on his head.”
The injured man was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George by a Hurricane Valley Fire District ambulance, Buell said.
“This is kind of a reminder of how dangerous it can be to ride in the bed of a truck, and how important it is to make sure we ride inside the vehicle with a seat belt on,” Buell said.
Both eastbound lanes of State Street, also known as state Route 9, were closed down for about 20 minutes and traffic was diverted onto 300 West, Hurricane Police Sgt. Brandon Buell said.
At the time of this report, no citations have been issued and the incident is still under investigation.
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