Woman's Truck Crushed by Huge Piece of Equipment

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    In a phone interview, Tiffany Russell explains how her truck was crushed by a massive piece of a equipment on Thursday.

    Imagine hearing what you think might be an accident and finding your pickup truck crushed by a huge piece of equipment. That's what happened to Tiffany Russell in Boyd on Thursday afternoon.

    Russell, a hospice nurse, was inside a patient's home in Boyd when she heard the commotion outside.

    A huge piece of equipment that appeared to be a natural gas well compressor had fallen off a flat-bed trailer and onto her truck. Russell said she was told it weighs around 75,000 to 80,000 pounds.

    "Initially, I thought there was a wreck and, being a nurse, I went into 'nurse mode,' thinking, 'No telling what I'm going to see whenever I go out there.' And then I went out and I saw that laying on my vehicle and, needless to say, I was very shocked, then, of course, tearful and just shocked. ... You know, you see stuff like that happen, but you just never think it's going to be you."

    Russell said a work crew waiting to go down the road to a job site had started to move down the road when the load shifted and a chain snapped. The equipment fell off the flat-bed trailer and landed on the bed of the red Ford F-150 Russell bought just a year ago.

    It took two heavy-duty cranes to lift the equipment off her truck and back on to the flat-bed trailer, she said.

    "I was just very thankful and feel very blessed that myself or my husband or son or somebody wasn't in the vehicle or there wasn't somebody walking along the road," Russell said. "Thankfully, nobody was injured."

    The bed of the truck was flattened and is pretty much totaled, but Russell is waiting on insurance adjusters to look at the damage.