Worker injured when ‘poorly maintained’ delivery truck runs over feet

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A 38-year-old worker apparently suffered broken bones in both feet after he was run over in a freak accident involving a poorly maintained delivery van, according to a police report.

The injury occurred about 7:30 p.m. Monday as two employees of DineRite were making a delivery at the Northside Community Center at Northwest 18th Street and Harrington Avenue.

According to the report, the 2007 delivery truck the workers used is “poorly maintained.”

Its transmission does not go into park, so the driver has to use the parking brake to hold the truck in place, the report says.

But the parking brake release handle is also broken. As a result, drivers must use a metal wire to “pop” the brake pedal and disengage the brake, the report says.

“When they do this, they stand on the ground outside of the truck while lining it up,” the report says.

Demarcus M. Sims was climbing into the passenger seat and the driver was standing outside the truck disengaging the parking brake when the accident occurred, the report says.

“When the brake disengaged the truck began rolling downhill,” the report says. “The [injured man] lost his balance and fell down. The front right tire of the truck rolled over his feet, breaking bones in both feet from the way it looked.”

Sims was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital. He was listed in good condition Tuesday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.

According to its website, DineRite provides food service for facilities including colleges, schools, adult care, day cares, camps and summer feeding programs. The company is based in Addison, and its production kitchen is in Duncanville, the website says.

A message to the company was not immediately returned Tuesday morning.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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