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Tragedy as man, 37, dies after car collapses onto him

PUBLISHED: 11:49 18 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:12 20 February 2014

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Victim from Sidmouth was ‘working on vehicle’ - police

A 36-year-old man working beneath a car in Sidmouth died after the vehicle collapsed on top of him, police said.

The emergency services were called to Betjeman Close at around 6.30pm on Saturday.

Fire crews found the casualty had already been removed from under the car before and provided oxygen therapy and CPR until the ambulance service arrived.

The man was airlifted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by police helicopter, where he was pronounced dead by medics.

A Devon and Cornwall police spokeswoman said: “It appears the man was working under the car. He was found under the vehicle. The vehicle appears to have collapsed on top of him.

“He was evacuated by police helicopter to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious and the man’s next of kin had been informed.

“An investing report will be compiled for the coroner,” the police spokeswoman said.

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