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Alabama mechanic killed in accident in Columbus, Georgia


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.

Tim Chitwood is from Seale, Alabama, and started as a police reporter with the Ledger-Enquirer in 1982. Since then, he has covered serial killings and other Columbus homicides, following some from the crime scene to to the verdicts of the trial and subsequent appeals. . He has also been a humor columnist for Ledger-Enquirer since 1987. He graduated from Auburn University and started working for the weekly Phenix Citizen in Phenix City, Ala.