Mystery shrouds the untimely death of a trucker who was electrocuted as he passed through Lorton last Thursday morning. The incident, which happened on March 15th, was discussed in a report from the Fairfax County Police Department, members of which were on the scene with other emergency personnel throughout Lorton and Fairfax County.
It is not clear who called the police, but it seems that the emergency was first reported at close to 6:00 in the morning when someone alerted authorities to a potential issue with a truck close to the intersection of Mordor Drive and Furnace Road. Police and first responders from the surrounding area rushed to the reported location of the incident. There, they found a semi-truck stopped in a designated pull-off area. Inside the cab of the truck was the 47-year-old truck driver who, according to the report, was unconscious at the time of his discovery.
When the vehicle was examined, it was found that the large cover that can span the entire rear of the truck was fully extended and raised. Directly above the truck lay a cluster of power lines, and the extended cover, which is attached to a metal frame, was tall enough to touch these wires, effectively turning the truck into a electrical conductor at the moment when the metal bar of the cover touched them.
It is believed that the driver of the truck was electrocuted by the current as it rushed through his entire vehicle.
He was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. It is not believed that he ever regained consciousness, and shortly after he arrived he was declared dead. The identity of the truck driver was initially withheld from the public, but the Fairfax County Police were later given the approval to release this information.
At the time of this writing, an investigation is underway to try and discover just why the metal arm was raised up. If it was intentional, what was the truck driver attempting to do? Was he aware of the wires above him? If it was unintentional, what happened to cause the cover to suddenly raise?
The Fairfax County Police will issue additional updates to the original story as new discoveries are made.