Police: Bad brakes on truck that went backward into river

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) – Vicksburg police say bad brakes are probably why a 20-year-old pickup truck slid backward into the Mississippi River, drowning the 22-year-old driver.

The Vicksburg Post says a police report also states that investigators could not open the driver’s-side door from inside, and it was hard to open from outside.

The 1995 Volvo dump truck and driver Michael Collins went into the river about 5 p.m. Aug. 23 at a rock yard in Vicksburg.

The truck was found that night, deep in the river, but it took another 11 days to find Collins’ body.

His employer, Lewis Miller of Riverside Construction Co., did not return the newspaper’s phone call seeking comment, and was out when The Associated Press called Wednesday.

The company’s website says safety is a priority.

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