ROOSEVELT — A Salt Lake man died Tuesday when he was crushed between a tractor-trailer truck and a water storage tank at an oil field location in Uintah County.

James W. "Jim" Latimer, 61, was in his second week of work with Roosevelt-based RNI Trucking and was working with a driver-trainer when he was killed, according to RNI human resources manager Russ Cowan.

Latimer was standing on the ground at the rear of the truck driven by his trainer, Cowan said, guiding the driver as he backed up to a water collection pond.

It is unclear how Latimer ended up in the path of the truck or how the driver lost sight of him, but Cowan said Latimer was pinned between the truck's trailer and a storage tank. He died at the scene.

"He was really a great guy," Cowan said of Latimer, who has family in the Roosevelt area. "He was excited about his new career and excited about moving out here."

Cowan said the driver-trainer involved in the accident is on paid leave.

"It's been real hard on him," he said. "It was a very traumatic experience and we want him to be home and to relax. He's dealing with it emotionally."

The Uintah County Sheriff's Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the accident.


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