NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) – A man has died from his injuries after becoming trapped under a car on Thursday morning.
According to Captain Steven St. Onge, the incident happened on West Allenton Road around 9 a.m.
Chief Fenwick Gardiner Jr. of the North Kingstown Fire Department told Eyewitness News that a Connecticut man pulled over to the side of the road to check his car. He used a couple of jacks to lift his red convertible off the ground, which authorities said somehow gave way and crushed the man.
“He was on softer ground, whether or not there was a slight incline, the weight of the car shifted the jack and the car rolled off and onto him,” said Gardiner, “Depending on how long he was there, he was without air the way the car fell on him.”
Two officers were the first on scene and tried to lift the car themselves. One officer injured his wrist while trying to help the man.
“There was someone in distress and they were going to take care of it. I applaud their actions,” said St. Onge.
Fire crews responded to the scene and used air bags to lift the car off the victim. He was unconscious and rushed to the hospital where he later died.
Authorities have not yet identified the victim.