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Transport driver crushed to death
10:00am Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
A MAN trying to jump-start a vehicle at an Andover compound was crushed to death, an inquest heard.
The accident happened at BP Rolls, in Hopkinson Way, West Portway Industrial Estate, on 4 February as Darren Tier attempted to load a blue Citroen Berlingo vehicle onto his transporter.
An inquestat Winchester Coroner’s Court heard on Wednesdaythat Mr Tier,of Lee-on-the-Solent, was working alone as a transport driver for salvagers Silverlakewhen hearrived at BP Rolls – a vehicle and commercial repairs company – to remove several motors that afternoon.
It was shortly after 6pm when Silverlake contacted BP Rolls to tell them that their employee had still not returned.
Estimator David Reason told the inquest that he went to look for Mr Tier – whose long-term partner Lorraine Edwards was at the hearing – and found his transporter loaded with its engine running and lights on.
Looking around using a torch, as it was already dark, Mr Reason discovered 40-yearold Mr Tier’s body caught between the Citroen and a Mercedes Sprinter van.
The bonnet of the Citroen, which was in gear with the keys in the ignition, was open and a jump start kit was attached to the battery. A post-mortem confirmed that the cause of death was chest compression.
The inquest heard from PC Stephen Antrobus, based at the time with the Whitchurch Roads Policing Unit, who explained that Mr Tier became trapped between the open driver’s door of the Citroen and the front off-side of the van.
He said that later tests on the Citroen concluded that it had probably travelled 10ft in two-and-half seconds at 5.2mph when it had been jump-started by Mr Tier.
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