Man, 71, killed on his own driveway after vehicle collapses on top of him

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A PENSIONER has been crushed to death after a car he was working on at his Sheffield home collapsed on top of him, trapping him underneath.

The 71-year-old, who has not yet been named by police, was repairing the car on his driveway when tragedy struck.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident on Greenwood Road, Darnall.

Firefighters from the fire service’s technical rescue unit were then summoned, and raced to the scene to lift the vehicle off the man.

He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Shocked neighbours had tried to help the victim before emergency services arrived.

Firefighters who went to the scene taped off the area around the house to keep traffic away from the scene while they lifted the car from the pensioner.

The driveway of the semi-detached house where the tragedy happened is hidden behind closed wooden gates and is not visible from the road.

A fire service spokesman said: “We responded to a call that a man had been working under his car and had become trapped after it fell onto him.

“Our technical rescue unit released him but unfortunately it was later reported that the incident proved fatal.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman confirmed: “Police were alerted by the ambulance service to an incident on Greenwood Road, Sheffield.

“It was reported that a 71-year-old man was believed to have died after a vehicle had collapsed on top of him, on his driveway, while he was carrying out repairs.”

An inquest into the death is expected to be opened and adjourned later this week.

A full hearing into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy will be heard once enquiries are carried out on behalf of the coroner.

The tragedy happened at 7.15pm on Saturday.