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Man trapped between car and wash machinery at car wash dies

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Posted at 9:25 PM, Apr 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-18 00:25:46-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — A man died after becoming pinned between his car and car wash machinery at an automated car wash, Escondido police said Saturday.

Police Sgt. Chris Leso of the Escondido Police Department said the victim became trapped outside his Scion xB hatchback shortly before midnight Friday, KUSI-TV in San Diego reported Saturday.

Police are investigating and reviewing video to find out why the victim got out of the car and how he became trapped. His name and age were not released pending notification to family.

The business has an automated service where customers drive their car into the wash and the car is pulled through with the driver staying seated inside.

Police say an alarm went off and a person nearby called the police after finding the victim outside his car.

Officers lifted the vehicle to free the man, who was taken to a local hospital where he died, Leso said.

Escondido is 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of San Diego.