FedEx worker dies after being pinned between 2 truck trailers in Phoenix

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on August 27, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 30 at 9:00 AM

PHOENIX -- A 37-year-old Federal Express employee died after being pinned between two truck trailers in Phoenix Friday morning.

According to Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson, Frank Schwakopf was hooking up two FedEx truck trailers in the shipping yard near 51st Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road when apparently one of the vehicles shifted. The two trailers jackknifed, pinning the man between the two trailers.

Sometime later, a co-worker came out and found Schwakopf. It is not known how long he was trapped.

Phoenix Fire Department personnel responded, but Schwakopf had died of his injuries.

The Phoenix Police Department Vehicular Crimes Unit and members of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the incident.

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