North Augusta trucking employee dies after being pinned between 2 trailers

Thursday, April 12, 2012 9:56 AM
Last updated 8:36 PM
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A 19-year-old North Augusta man died Wednesday evening after he was accidentally trapped between two trailers at Southeastern Freight Lines.

Cole Kugler was helping a fellow employee attach a tandem trailer to a truck when he became trapped between the two trailers, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.

The driver of the 2012 Freightliner was backing up to the second trailer and did not see Kugler. The driver found Kugler’s body after getting out of the truck cab, Carlton said.

Aiken Country deputies were called around 8:15 p.m. to Southeastern Freight, 1040 Edgefield Road in North Augusta, where they found Kugler with head injuries.

Kugler was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:30 p.m. from body trauma. An autopsy was conducted Thursday morning in Newberry, S.C.

Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Troy Elwell said he doesn’t foresee any charges being filed.

“It appears to be just a terrible accident,” he said.

The driver, Jordan Lee Holmes, 20, of North Augusta, told deputies that he and Kugler had been working to hook the trailer to a dolly earlier but that he thought Kugler had moved. Holmes said he checked his mirrors before backing up but never saw Kugler.

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Under Cover
Under Cover 04/12/12 - 10:46 am
What a horrible, tragic

What a horrible, tragic story.. Prayers go out for the family of the victim and the driver.

Sweet son
Sweet son 04/12/12 - 11:29 am
Glad to hear that the

Glad to hear that the Sheriff's office is calling it an accident. In this day and time wouldn't have been surprised if some sort of manslaughter charge had been filed. Prayers for the 20 year old's family and also for the driver. He must feel awful! I would!

David Hopper
David Hopper 04/12/12 - 12:25 pm
It is sad this happened. As

It is sad this happened. As a both a CDL driver and a safety guy while managing local drivers here in Georgia, I know that man must have been taught the G.O.A.L. of backing is to get out and look. I'm sorry that he learned this the hard way. As a 20 year old driver, Mr. Homes is going to have to live with this; and it might affect any career he has in interstate driving when he turns 21.

My prayers for both men and their families.

Iwannakno 04/12/12 - 09:06 pm
It's possible he did get out

It's possible he did get out and look and the young man got behind the trailer after he got back in the truck. It's a tragedy and an accident.

mark twain 2
mark twain 2 04/13/12 - 04:26 pm
As a CDL holder myself,we

As a CDL holder myself,we were taught when in doubt, check it out. Get out and look. Should never have backed up until he was sure where the other person was. Same thing happen at the warehouse at EZ-GO, man got caught between the trailers. And the fact that most companies required age is 23 yrs of age, makes me wonder did the driver have cdl's? And I also wonder was D.O.T. called in. Anytime an accident involving a commercial vehicle, they are required to contact DOT.

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