North Augusta trucking employee dies after being pinned between 2 trailers

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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