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Deceased dump truck driver hailed a hero

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A 41-year-old Ravenna man dies, after losing control of his dump truck and crashing into the Cuyahoga River.

The accident happened around 11:30 a.m. Thursday on Portage Trail Hill.

According to Akron Police, Christopher Burgess, of Ravenna, was unable to stop the truck and ran through a light and parking lot before slamming into a huge tree. The impact flipped the truck into the river, trapping the man in the truck cab.

Several witnesses call Burgess a hero, saying he managed to steer the truck away from people in the crowded parking lot.

It took Akron dive team members more than three hours to get the truck out of the river.


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