Visalia family preaches safety after serious boom truck accident

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Tom Esparza was doing maintenance work at the Fox Theatre in Visalia when relatives say his ladder gave way. Esparza is still in the hospital in serious condition. (KFSN)

The family of a Visalia man who fell 50 feet from a boom truck is speaking about the nearly fatal accident.

Tom Esparza was doing maintenance work at the Fox Theatre in Visalia when relatives say his ladder gave way. Esparza is still in the hospital in serious condition. "The truck just broke," Esparza's brother Louie said.

Family members say it was a freak accident last Monday. "He heard a noise, but you always hear noises when you're in that kind of truck," Louie explained.

Esparza, an electrical contractor, was doing service work on this clock at the Fox Theatre in Visalia when his three-tier ladder broke dropping him more than 50 feet from the air. "He hit the roof first, then the truck, then the roof, then his truck and the on the ground," Louie said.

Esparza broke his back, several ribs and shattered his foot. Injuries his brother says could have been avoided. "Safety is always first," he explained. "It should have been first but that one day he didn't have a harness on."

Louie says outside of the side effects from pain meds, the hardest part for his brother is not being able to see his four young children. "Your kids can't see you when you're in the ICU so that's even more difficult because he just wants to see his kids," he explained. "Everyone is trying to make the kids comfortable because they're suffering as well."

Esparza's father, Louie Esparza Sr., says it is hard for him to see son in this condition. "I've been a single parent for many years," he said. "My boys are everything to me. I'm their mom, I'm their dad."

He wants to thank the doctor who saw what happened and rushed to his son's aid. "That person took charge, stopped the traffic," his father explained. "He told him to stay down there, don't do nothing, it touches my heart to know there are people out there who care."

The family started a GoFundMe page to help with the medical costs.

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