ANCHORAGE (AP) The owner of a Homer air taxi business was killed Wednesday when a forklift he was driving slid off a soft shoulder and crushed him, Homer police said.
Scott Cunningham, 43, was backing the forklift along Kachemak Bay Drive to his business, Smokey Bay Air, when the accident occurred about 1 p.m. A witness told police that Cunningham had some difficulty keeping the vehicle moving straight and it veered off the asphalt and down the steep, soft shoulder.
Cunningham reportedly attempted to jump free but fell into the ditch, and the forklift rolled on top of him, police said.
Members of the Homer Volunteer Fire Department used inflatable bladders and a truck-mounted winch to free Cunningham, who was an active fire and rescue volunteer in the Homer area. He could not be revived and was pronounced dead at South Peninsula Hospital, police said.
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