Update: Police ID man killed when car fell on him at South Salt Lake auto parts yard

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SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah, July 30, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Police have identified a 48-year-old man who died Monday afternoon of injuries he sustained when a vehicle fell on him at an auto parts resale yard.

The deceased is Trent Thatcher, from West Valley City, South Salt Lake Police Executive Officer Gary Keller said in a news release. It was initially reported that the deceased man was 50, the news release said.

“The victim and his 18-year-old adult son were in the auto salvage yard working together to remove a transmission when the accident occurred,” the follow-up news release said.

Emergency crews were called just before 3:30 p.m. and responded to Pick-n-Pull, a self-service used auto parts store at 585 W. 3300 South, Keller told Gephardt Daily Monday.

“It was an unfortunate accident. The man was under a car, and the supports gave way,” Keller told Gephardt Daily. “We don’t know how long he was under the car before someone saw and helped him.”

Keller said the man was in delta-minus, or extremely critical, condition when he was transported to the hospital, and was pronounced deceased upon arrival there.

Keller said this type of incident is categorized by police as an industrial accident.

It isn’t known if the man was using his own equipment, such as a jack, when he was under the car.


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