A 21-year-old man lost his life while attempting to remove the engine from a BMW, police have confirmed.
The BMW fell onto the man’s chest, leaving him pinned underneath the vehicle after the jack which had been supporting it failed.
The young man was still alive but had a suspected broken back when emergency services arrived.
He later died at the scene in Halisham, East Sussex.
Police say they are not treating the death of the man as suspicious but added that an inquest would be held by the East Sussex coroner.
A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “A 21-year-old man from Pevensey Bay sadly died while trying to remove an engine from a BMW car.
“A jack used to support the vehicle collapsed, trapping the man beneath it.
“Emergency services, including an air ambulance, attended the incident at Downash, near Hailsham, shortly before 6pm but were unable to save him.
“There were no suspicious circumstances.
“The coroner for East Sussex has been informed.”
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“I’ve just had a phone call and been told that a friend of mine was working under a car tonight and he was pretty much sat up right and the jack failed.
“This is not a joke, it’s really happened.”
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