Freak Accident in Greene County Claims Life

NOVEMBER 1, 2005 - Posted at 3:33 p.m. CST

MARMADUKE, AR - A freak accident in Greene County early this morning claimed the life of a southeast Missouri man.

The accident occured at approximately 4:55 a.m. as 27-year-old Julio Lerma of Holcomb, Missouri, apparently pulled his vehicle into the path of a tractor-trailer rig.  Greene County authorities say Lerma's vehicle became trapped underneath the 18-wheeler's trailer, and he was dead when rescue workers pulled his body from the wreckage.

The accident occured at the north gate of the American Railcar Industries plant in Marmaduke, where Lerma was said to be employed.