A citizen passing by the scene of the accident removed the tire from the truck crushing Joe Moore atop a tractor which was moving a mobile home on Highway 16 Monday afternoon. Moore was airlifted to John Petersmith Hospital from the scene. (Cherry Rushin)
Shortly before 3 p.m. Monday, June 17, officials began working an accident in the vicinity of Highway 16 South and Cypress St. The wreck involved brothers Joe and Randell Moore. According to Graham Assistant Police Chief Brent Bullock, the Moores were moving a mobile home north through town when the clutch went out on the truck towing the trailer.
Officer David Aleshire who worked the accident said they were attempting to move the truck and trailer from the roadway using a tractor. Joe, 63, was on the tractor and attempted to slow down approaching the stop light at Cypress St. but the truck failed to stop. It ran up onto the back of the tractor crushing Joe.
Emergency workers were unable to remove Moore from underneath the truck for approximately half an hour until a City of Graham front-end loader lifted the truck off the man.
He was flown by AirEvac from the scene to John Petersmith Hospital. Graham EMS Director Kelley Hudson said Moore suffered from serious injuries with possible multiple rib fractures, a collapsed lung and broken shoulder.