UPS driver killed in Massachusetts

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  1. saddayinmass

    saddayinmass Guest


    WEB EXTRA: Bridgewater man killed at Brockton UPS office

    By Maureen Boyle, Enterprise staff writer

    BROCKTON — A UPS worker was run over and killed by a tractor trailer making a delivery Thursday night.

    Peter Duhamel, 56, of Bridgewater was run over shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday at the UPS lot on Oak Hill Way and taken to Boston Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

    Police were notified today he had died, said police Lt. John Crowley, chief of detectives.

    The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration along with Brockton Officer Matthew Graham and the state police accident reconstruction team are investigating the death.

    The accident occurred after the truck driver, Charles Levesque, 49, of Raynham, hit Duhamel while making a turn around a nearby trailer, police said.

    Crowley said the driver told authorities he had entered the shipping yard after making a pickup in Abington and saw all the shipping bays were filled. He told police he stopped his tractor trailer, used his palm-held computer briefly and then put his tractor in gear to park near a fence.

    Crowley said the driver proceeded to make a turn around a nearby trailer and felt a bump.

    “He initially thought he hit the lip of the concrete,” Crowley said.

    But the driver said he didn't remember there being a concrete lip there in the past, so he stopped and turned so he could see behind him. That is when he saw a man lying on the ground, Crowley said.

    “He began yelling for help,” Crowley said.
  2. Channahon

    Channahon New Member

    How tragic and sad once again to lose a UPSer.
    Thoughts and prayers for his family.
  3. local804

    local804 Well-Known Member

    Is happening a little too much lately in the UPS family.
  4. RockyRogue

    RockyRogue Agent of Change

    My thoughts and prayers to the family, too. All it takes is a second and a life is over. Anybody on here work in the building? -Rocky
  5. krash

    krash Go big orange

    I'll 2nd that brother. May God comfort them during such a tragic time
  6. diesel96

    diesel96 New Member

    This is tragic,one more example of safety first.
    I find issues with this article(if it's accurate)

    A)Don,t break routine,palm pilot distractions take away the senseability of whats happening around vehicle when temporarily parked.

    B)You find the bays full,at that point you turn the tractor OFF!(Excessive idiling is recorded on computer).In order to put it in gear you must then re-start tractor and proceed with caution.Also,many hubs require drivers to hand the keys over to security before they cut the seals on trailers.

    C)Around blind corners,proceed slowly with utmost caution,tap horn,scan entire area for obstacles and pedestrians and of course follow up on your mirrors until turn is complete.

    Doesn't look good for the driver"according to the article".
    I bet he feels terrible.It's very sad.Especially for the victoms family.
  7. raceanoncr

    raceanoncr Well-Known Member

    Very tragic. Prayers go out for family.
  8. athena

    athena Member

    Could you post the web address for this story? TIA.
  9. raceanoncr

    raceanoncr Well-Known Member

    Athena, I'm too stupid to get it on here but this might speed things up for you til somebody can. Google "Brockton" and you'll see some South Boston news. It has the story there which is essentially the same as posted here.
  10. MoparMan

    MoparMan New Member

  11. MoparMan

    MoparMan New Member

    I've have mostly been a lurker on this site, but think it's a very interesting place. I work in the Brockton building. It was a devastating event for all. Peter had been at U.P.S. since 1974. Nice fellow...kept mostly to himself. He left two adult children and a wife. He worked the twi/carwash shift. The driver who hit him is crushed with grief. No word yet on his fate with U.P.S. Interesting how it takes a tragedy like this for management to truly make safety #1.
    Last edited: May 18, 2007
  12. raceanoncr

    raceanoncr Well-Known Member

    Moparman, not to denegrate what happened but is this driver UPS? From the article, it sounds like he is not. Was he delivery driver with diff company? Article said he had hand-held computer. Well, we, feeder drivers, are not supposed to have anything like this in our hands when driving.

    Again, I certainly do not want to take away the tragicness of this event but if he was not UPS, then it shows the importance of following UPS safety procedures. If he WAS UPS then I hope we can all learn from this.
  13. krash

    krash Go big orange

    I was under the same impression. The article leaves a lot to ponder and it doesn't sound like a UPS feeder driver. If it was a UPSer he will surely be relieved till they finish there investigation.
    Either way, it's a sad loss
  14. Sammie

    Sammie Well-Known Member

    We lost a UPS employee in our yard and after such an event, no one is ever the same again. Our guy was crushed to death between the wall of a building and a yardbird, which he left in reverse without setting the brake properly to step out and check on something.

    With all of the activities that go on in the yards during the busy times, so many terrible things can go wrong.

    One of my UPS buddies e mailed me more info on the Massachusetts accident -

    BROCKTON - A Bridgewater man run over by a tractor-trailer truck at the UPS
    plant in Brockton Wednesday night died yesterday at Boston Medical Center.
    Peter Duhamel, 56, had worked at UPS for 33 years, according to UPS
    spokesman Neil Rossi.
    Rossi, Brockton police and officers of the Occupational Safety and Health
    Administration said yesterday that the details of the accident are still
    under investigation.
    Duhamel was run over by a tractor-trailer truck in the yard of the Oak
    Hill Way UPS warehouse just after 8 p.m. Wednesday.
    For many years, Duhamel worked as a delivery driver and was well-known on
    the area, said his mother, Carol Duhamel of Brockton. After a back
    operation, he took a job in the warehouse on Oak Hill Way in Brockton, she
    Besides his mother, Duhamel leaves a wife, Laura, of Bridgewater, and
    three children; Arik, of Newton; Alison, of Jamaica Plain, and Adam and his
    wife, Shelby, of Bridgewater. He is also survived by three brothers and a
    sister, his mother said.
    Duhamel was an Army veteran of the U.S. Army who served in Vietnam. He
    was a member of the Teamsters, and traveled to mines in the Rocky Mountains
    and Maine as an amateur geologist and gemologist.
    He enjoyed the outdoors by fishing as a surf-caster, and made his own
    fishing poles. He was also a member of the Beach Buggy Association.
    His mother said yesterday Thursday that the victim's wife and two of his
    children were out of state when the accident happened, and were due to
    arrive home last night. Meanwhile, she has been comforted by friends.
    "The caring and concern of friends make the hard parts of life easier,''
    she said.
    The accident is under investigation by Brockton Police, the state police
    accident reconstruction team and the Occupational Safety and Health
    OSHA spokesman Ted Fitzgerald, spokesman for OSHA, said yesterday that
    OSHA has opened an inspection of the plant on Oak Hill Way as a result of
    the accident.
  15. Dfigtree

    Dfigtree New Member

    Baruch dayan emes.
  16. Channahon

    Channahon New Member

    Can one assume that the driver who hit him was a UPS driver?
  17. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    It sounds like a Shifter or Feeder Driver ran over him, a tragedy no matter who did it. The OnCar Sup who trained me for Package Car was later killed when he was caught between a dock and someone backing a trailer to it.

    My prayers to Peter Duhamel's family and also to the driver involved with this. Our jobs are dangerous and it just takes a split second for something horrible like this to happen.
  18. uk-golfer25

    uk-golfer25 New Member

    So sad to hear a death of a UPSer so sad. Our heart goes out to his family.
  19. Fullhouse

    Fullhouse Member

    Sorry for the loss. In the South Carolina district employees on the yard are required to a yellow vest that has reflective material on it.
  20. deezilfuelonly

    deezilfuelonly New Member

    I work in this bldg as a full time driver and yes it was a one of our own feeder drivers.. A very sad and tragic accident the whole bldg is inshock