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Official: 42-year-old employee of Auto Butler dies in single-car incident Sunday

ALTON — Alton police say a 42-year-old employee of Auto Butler car wash in Alton has died in a single-car incident near Home Depot Sunday.

“As a customer’s car came out of the dryer tunnel, the employee got in, started spraying Windex on the windows, and hit the gas. The car went straight into the ditch north of the business,” said Alton Police Chief Jason “Jake” Simmons.

Simmons said, as of Sunday afternoon, it is believed that the man suffered a broken neck, and was crushed by the roof of the customer’s vehicle, a Jeep Grand Cherokee. When firefighters attempted to extricate the victim from the Jeep, they discovered he was deceased.

Chief Bernie Sebold, of Alton Fire Department, said his department was notified by Alton police at 4:08 p.m. of a single-car motor incident, where the vehicle went into a ravine near Home Depot and Baron Commerce Parkway.

The silver vehicle reportedly was found upside down, with one single occupant.

Sebold said ARCH Air Medical Services Inc. was notified and on standby, but did not arrive on scene.

A Telegraph photographer on scene Sunday said a tow truck was being used to drag the vehicle up the steep ravine to level ground around 6:20 p.m., ahead of nightfall, where the man was still inside the vehicle.

Alton Fire Department responded to the scene for extrication and vehicle stabilization purposes. Godfrey Fire Protection District was notified for mutual aid support.

The victim’s name and cause of death will be released by the Madison County Coroner’s Office at a later time, as facts surrounding the incident are confirmed.

By Brittany Johnson

bjohnson@civitasmedia.com

Article source: http://www.thetelegraph.com/news/110462/official-42-year-old-employee-of-auto-butler-dies-in-single-car-incident-sunday

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