McDonald's customer crushed to death in 'freak' drive-thru accident

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Vancouver Police are investigating the death of a driver crushed by his own car at a McDonalds drive-thru.

The man was killed after he stepped out to retrieve his bank card, which he'd dropped as he paid for his food.

According to the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), his car rolled forward after he opened the door, pinning him between his car door and its frame.

The police department released a statement confirming that a man died on Wednesday morning local time.

A McDonalds drive-thru. Source: Getty
The man died at the McDonalds drive-thru in a 'freak accident'. Source: Getty

According to the statement, officers were called by Vancouver Fire Rescue Services to the MacDonald’s at 5:30 am to assist with a single-car collision. 

Incident described as a 'freak accident'

Surveillance footage shows the driver dropping an object out of his vehicle while paying for items. When he went to pick up the item, the vehicle rolled forward and got stuck on a structural piece of the restaurant, pinning him between the vehicle door and frame.

“Efforts were made by first responders to revive the man, but tragically, he died on scene,” Constable Tania Visintin from the VPD said.

“This is an absolutely heartbreaking scenario. Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of this man.”

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Ms Visintin told the Edmonton City News the incident was a “freak accident” as fatal car accidents usually involve multiple vehicles, and was a tragic scene for staff to witness. 

“People aren’t used to seeing this type of incident happen, especially at your workplace. I would assume everyone is shaken up,” she said. adding that victim services will be made available to staff.

The accident is being investigated by Vancouver Police Department’s Collision Investigation Unit and BC Coroner Services.

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