Mechanic Crushes His Toyota With Giant Mining Rig

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That little scratch on your wheel doesn't seem so bad anymore, right?

Well, this is going to be an interesting insurance claim. Tom Price, an Australian owner of a workhorse Toyota Land Cruiser - one of the toughest vehicles around - found out that even his trusty pickup was no match for a giant haul truck which he was working on when he unwittingly ran over his own Toyota which was parked close by. The cringe-worthy incident took place in Western Australia's Pilbara.

Price is a maintenance worker for the Rio Tinto mining group and was not qualified to drive the fully-loaded rig at all. With the investigation still underway, it's unclear how it all went so wrong for the mechanic.

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The good news is that neither he nor anyone else was injured, but the bizarre incident could have turned out so much worse considering the sheer size and weight of the rig. According to Rio Tino, the haul truck concerned was retrofitted with autonomous technology, although it was apparently in manual mode at the time of the incident.

Ensuring that this is the last time such an incident occurs is a priority for the company. "The ongoing internal investigation will seek to identify measures to ensure such incidents are avoided in the future," said a Rio Tinto spokesperson.

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Officers from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) have apparently attended the scene and are making the relevant inquiries to find out exactly what went wrong. It's likely, however, that the mechanic will have been found to be in breach of work safety rules as personal vehicles are restricted from being that close to mining rigs.

"Safety is our top priority," said a spokesperson for Rio Tinto, and one only hopes that more stringent measures are put in place before disaster strikes. For the rest of us, we can take solace in the fact that even a bad day at the office can't quite compare to what a Toyota-less Mr. Price must be going through right now.

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