Man in Overland Park killed when vehicle fell off tow truck in ‘industrial accident’

A man said to be in his late 60s or early 70s was killed when a vehicle fell off a tow truck, crushing him, investigators say. Photo credit Mike Frizzell.

Overland Park Police say a man in his late 60s or early 70s is dead following what investigators are calling an “industrial accident” on Merriam Drive Thursday afternoon.

In a news release, Overland Park Police Department Captain Thomas Fredrickson says it happened at Midwest Turbo and Diesel Service, 4510 Merriam Drive, near the interchange between I-35 and I-635.

Police and firefighters were called to the address on reports of a man pinned under a vehicle about 3:50 p.m.

“Initial information is a vehicle fell off a tow truck and crushed a person who was underneath trying to secure it,” Fredrickson said in the release.

Merriam Drive was closed between Hadley Drive and Goodman Street as police investigate the incident.

Check back with this report for updates.