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Pipe Accident In Allen Ends A Father’s Dream

By Jay Gormley, CBS 11 News
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ALLEN (CBSDFW.COM) – Earl Sipp of Mississippi was about to pass on the family trucking business to his son, Aaron.

“A very, very hard worker,” Sipp thought fondly of his son. “He wanted something in life.”

But an accident on Tuesday morning along Highway 75 in Allen ended this father’s dream.

“He just loved life. He loved to work. He wanted to be someone,” said the 63-year-old father.

Aaron Sipp had just delivered a truck-load of pipes on his flat bed.  Each 50-foot-long pipe weighed 2,100 pounds. Several contractors were unloading them when three broke free and landed on top of the 40-year-old truck driver. For more than 30 minutes, Aaron was pinned underneath while firefighters worked to save his life.

“You obviously just can’t lift those off of somebody,” explained Allen firefighter Jonathan Boyd. “We have specialized rescue gear that we were able to slide underneath the pipes to help get some lift.”

Aaron would die later that day from his injuries.  Earl Sipp says his son’s job was simply to deliver the pipes. He blames the company that originally tied them together and claims the metal bands used to bind the massive pipes were not strong enough.

The metal bands that eventually snapped under the weight were roughly an inch wide.  Earl says they should have been several inches wide.

“There’s nothing I can do to bring my son back, but it never needs to happen again.”

OSHA is investigating the accident. The family says they’ll bring Aaron’s body back to Mississippi where he will be laid to rest.

CBS 11 called the company responsible for binding the pipes. A shift supervisor answered, but knew nothing of the accident. We were asked to call back in the morning to speak to the owner.

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