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Thick skull saves driver’s life

IRRICANA, Alta. -- Raymond Kuntz suffered a fractured skull and neck, broken ribs, hearing loss and partial paralys...


IRRICANA, Alta. — Raymond Kuntz suffered a fractured skull and neck, broken ribs, hearing loss and partial paralysis when he was run over by a dump truck. But his sense of humor didn’t suffer.

“My brother used to tease me about being thick-skulled, but he said I didn’t have to prove it that way,” Kuntz told local media from his hospital room after Friday’s freak accident.

The Medicine Hat resident was operating a two-ton dump truck when he got out to investigate a suspicious sound. While under the truck, another driver hopped in and before he could get out from under it, the truck ran over Kuntz’s head.

“I was just in behind the cab of the truck when I heard the sound of a quick release of air pressure,” explains Kuntz. “I knew as soon as I heard that sound the truck would start moving, so I dropped and started to roll out from under it because I knew I had to get out of there as soon as possible.”

Kuntz never lost consciousness, but his co-workers say he’s lucky to have survived the incident. He was preparing to be released from hospital yesterday while Workplace Health and Safety investigate.


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