Truck slips out of gear and crushes owner underneath
An Elizabeth man was killed in a freak accident Oct. 19 near his home.
Delma Lee Sanders, 83, was opening a fence on his property when his 1988 Toyoto pickup truck slipped out of gear and crushed him, according to the Fulton County Sheriff's Department.
"The truck was parked on a downhill slope and he had his back to it," said Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger. "He probably never saw it coming."
Fulton County Coroner Steve Barker pronounced Sanders dead at the scene.
Sanders' body was underneath the truck for several hours before emergency workers arrived.
A hunter heard a loud noise at approximately 9 a.m. near the fence, but the hunter didn't investigate.
It was noon before emergency workers found Sanders.
"He'd been dead for awhile by the time we got there," Dillinger said.
He said one of Sanders' legs was pinned between his back and the truck.
"I don't think it killed him instantly, but his leg being pinned back like that made it impossible for him to get out," Dillinger said.
Members of the Salem Fire Department used the jaws of life to remove Sanders from underneath his truck.
Sanders likely died from internal injuries, Dillinger said.
Dillinger, who knew Sanders prior to the accident, said Sanders' son, Daryl Sanders, died in a car wreck several years ago.
"They're (Sanders and his wife Marie Sanders) real good people and it's sad stuff like this happens to them," Dillinger said. "He'll be missed in that community."
The fire departments and first responders from Salem, Gepp, Byron and Viola responded to the call. An Air Evac helicopter was also dispatched.