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Man killed while working on semi

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Authorities say a Midland County man was killed when a semi he was working on rolled onto his chest and crushed him.

Witnesses said William Jewell, 42, had been working on his 1997 Peterbilt semi-truck all day Monday at his home in Larkin Township so he could start driving it.

The man’s fiancé spoke to him around 10:45 p.m. that evening when Jewell said he was just about done working on the truck. She went inside and prepared him dinner, but when he didn’t come in she went to bed.

Around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, the woman realized Jewell had still not come to bed. She went out to check on him and found her fiancé pinned underneath the tire of the semi.

She immediately called 911.

Investigators believe Jewell was using a bottle jack to raise the rear tires on the truck. The relief valve on the jack was partially released.

It appeared he was in the process of lowering the semi down when it rolled forward and the rear tires landed on the man’s chest, asphyxiating him.

The truck was checked and found to be in neutral with the air brakes engaged.

The fire department said no wheel chocks were located near the vehicle.

A medical examiner pronounced him dead at his home. His body was released to a local funeral home. 

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