Man crushed to death while working on car

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2006

A 27-year-old Funny River man was found dead Thursday morning, lying beneath a vehicle he had been working on.

Glen Wayne Bird reportedly had jacked up a Ford Bronco using a bumper jack Wednesday evening, planning to remove the front axle and wheels. He last spoke with his sister at 8 p.m.

According to Alaska State Troopers, the vehicle, which was on an incline, on soft muddy soil, apparently slipped off the jack, crushing Bird beneath it.

Troopers said the Bronco was in a field along with a number of other non-running vehicles on the family property.

A friend who usually meets Bird for morning coffee missed him Thursday and called Bird’s sister, who said he told her he was going to work on the car Wednesday night.

The friend went to the field and found Bird.

Central Emergency Services medics were called to Mile 14 Funny River Road at 10:46 a.m. Thursday where Bird was pronounced dead.

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