A freak incident is under investigation after a man was crushed to death by his car at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Vancouver.
The local broadcaster reported that the incident happened at the fast-food restaurant on Main Street around 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8.
The accident happened when the man dropped his bank card and was getting out of the car to retrieve it.
“Surveillance footage shows the driver dropping an object out of his vehicle while paying for items,” officials stated. “When he went to pick up the item, the vehicle rolled forward, colliding into a structural piece of the restaurant. The driver was unable to free himself from the vehicle as he was pinned between the vehicle door and frame”.
“Efforts were made by first responders to revive the man, but tragically he died on scene,” Vancouver Police Constable Tania Visintin said in a statement according to the New York Post. “This is an absolutely heartbreaking scenario. Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of this man.”
The Vancouver Police Department’s collision section and the British Columbia Coroner’s Office are investigating the unusual incident.
The situation of drive-thru consumers being crushed in this manner infrequently occurs in the United States and Canada, said media sources.
According to the Bellingham Herald, a 20-year-old man was killed at a St. Louis Jack In The Box in 2018.
Around 10 p.m., Charles Wood Jr. was at a Jack In The Box drive-thru in south St. Louis, Missouri, when he came to a halt and attempted to take his food from the window.
According to police, because he was too far away from the window, he seemed to open his car’s door and reach out of the vehicle to get the food. Instead, he was trapped between the vehicle and the tree after putting his car in reverse and speeding up, causing it to back up and collide with a tree.
Wood suffered major injuries to his head, neck, body, and legs due to the accident.
According to USA Today, he was taken to the hospital and later declared dead.