Police identify man crushed and killed at South Salt Lake auto salvage yard

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah — A man died Monday after being crushed by a car at an auto parts store and salvage yard.

Authorities identified the deceased Tuesday as 48-year-old Trent Thatcher of West Valley City.

Police said the 50-year-old and his son were removing a transmission from an SUV at Pick-n-Pull near 600 West and 3300 South around 3:30 p.m. Monday.

“The car did shift, it fell down, fell on him,” said South Salt Lake Police Executive Officer, Gary Keller.

“The car supports gave way and the car fell and crushed him,” Keller said.

Police said the man was taken to the hospital in very critical condition and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police said Pick-N-Pull does require a waiver to be signed by anyone wishing to enter the salvage yard.

“Very unfortunate accident, this individual trying to work on a transmission or get a car running, trying to save money, getting some salvage parts, but in this case, it turned deadly,” Keller said.

Police are considering this an industrial accident and do not suspect any foul play.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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