Police identify driver pinned, killed by own tractor trailer in Howard Co.

WASHINGTON — The man who was killed when his tractor-trailer pinned him against a dump truck in Howard County, Maryland, has been identified as Jose Ngoran Amoa, 64, of Laurel.

It happened around 7 a.m. Saturday at a southbound Interstate 95 rest stop.

Police said Amoa drove his tractor-trailer into the rest stop and parked behind the dump truck.

At some point, Amoa got out of the tractor-trailer and walked between the vehicles.

Amoa’s vehicle, which Maryland State Police Crash team and the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division determined did not have its parking brake set, began to drift forward into the dump truck and Amoa became wedged in between the two vehicles.

Investigators believe failure to use the parking brake caused the tractor-trailer to drift forward and noted there were no violations listed on the inspection report of the tractor-trailer.

Amoa was pronounced dead at the scene.

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