A Smiths Station, Alabama mechanic was killed in Columbus on Wednesday when a large truck sped off an elevator and smashed him into a wall, authorities said.
Bradley Kastl, 36, died at the scene of blunt force trauma at 2:40 p.m., Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said. The crash at Rivertown Ford, 1680 Whittlesey Road, was reported to emergency medical services at 2.20pm, he said.
Bryan said a commercial “van truck” was being pulled into the elevator for repairs when it suddenly accelerated, pinning Kastl against the wall, which was only 47 inches from the end of the elevator. Kastl was killed instantly, he said.
The body will be sent to the state forensic laboratory for an autopsy, although the death was ruled an accident, the coroner said.