Man dies after being pinned under camper at Tamarac Marina

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 15, 2018

SALISBURY — A 63-year-old Salisbury man was killed when he was pinned under a camper Thursday morning at a campground.

Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched at 11:28 a.m. to 1194 Blackfoot Lane, Lot 15, in Tamarac Marina Campground.

The initial report to the 911 operator was that the man had been unloading a fifth-wheel camper and became pinned between the fifth wheel and the bed of a pickup. While en route, deputies were told that the man had been freed and that CPR was being administered.

Deputies arrived on the campground at 11:34 a.m. Members of the Liberty Fire Department were administering CPR on the victim, who was identified as Arthur David Burrow.

Deputies talked with the wife of the victim, Dianna Burrow, who said her husband had been trying to hook up the camper to the truck. She said he asked her to back the truck up a bit so he could put the linchpin in place. She said when she backed up, the camper fell and pinned him between the camper and the pickup truck bed.

Deputies talked with two women nurses whom Dianna Burrow flagged down for help. The women called 911 and tried to help Burrow until he could be freed.

The women told deputies that Burrow was pinned for about 10 minutes, fell unconscious, and was gasping and had labored breathing.

The camper was lifted with the assistance of a tractor that was operated by Tamarac Marina employee Marshall Stoner.

Once the camper was lifted, CPR was administered by emergency crews and Liberty Fire Department personnel for almost 45 minutes without any response. Officials say CPR was halted about 12:15 p.m. and the medical examiner was contacted.

The Rowan County Rescue Squad transported the man’s body from the scene of the accident.