Salisbury man trapped under vehicle at salvage yard dies

GEORGETOWN – Delaware State Police responded to an industrial accident that claimed the life of a Salisbury man Tuesday afternoon.

Around 1:08 p.m. a 9-1-1 call placed to the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center reported a man was trapped beneath an automobile at Donovan Salvage Works Inc., state police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

Troopers and emergency medical personnel responding to the business at 20262 Donovans Road found a 41-year-old man laying on the ground near a car. Lifesaving-steps had been performed on the man who was eventually pronounced dead at the scene, Cpl. Fournier said.

Investigation revealed the man was a customer attempting to remove a part from a vehicle in the salvage yard. He had used a jack to raise the vehicle and had placed a spare tire underneath as a buffer, Cpl. Fournier said.

The car, which was on dirt and gravel, dislodged from the jack and landed on top of the man. Witnesses saw the man pinned under the car and ran to the office to alert them of the incident.

Workers responded with a fork lift and removed the vehicle prior to the arrival of EMS. The victim was alone at the time of the incident and it is not known how long he may have been trapped, Cpl. Fournier said.

The Delaware Division of Forensic Science removed the victim, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, to conduct an autopsy.  Foul play is not suspected, Cpl. Fournier said.

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