The Washington Post

Tractor-Trailer Kills Man

- — William Wan

A tractor-trailer backing up in an Elkridge parking lot rolled over a man yesterday, killing him instantly, police said.

Howard County police identified the man as Patrick Carlos Britton, 50, of the 9500 block of Odenton Court in Laurel. Police said the driver was Thomas Crank III, 27, of the 800 block of Cinnamon Ridge Place in Cockeysvil­le, Md.

The incident occurred about 2:50 p.m. in the parking lot of American Tank Transport, 6317 Macaw Ct.

Police said Crank, an employee of Tarpon Transporta­tion, was backing up the vehicle when the rear tractor wheels struck and rolled over Britton, who was standing in the lot. The driver was uninjured.

The investigat­ion was continuing.

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