The Long Beach Press-Telegram reported that a longshoreman died at the Port of Los Angeles on August 12 when his vehicle collided with a rig that is used to move cargo containers.
According to the news outlet, the victim, 45, was driving a Ford Ranger at the site that collided with a utility tractor rig. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the crash and details were not released about how it occurred. It remains unclear if the victim was driving a personal truck or if it was one that is maintained by operators at the Port. The victim may have hit his head on the windshield of the truck when the accident occurred, according to witness accounts.
The Port, which is 290 acres, was closed after the accident so that officials could investigate it. Workers were reportedly sent home for the night. The accident occurred at around 6:45 p.m., within the American President Lines terminal.
The victim was sent to the hospital for treatment following the crash, dying later in the night.
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