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Man dies at Franklin auto and towing shop (NH) "Updated"


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Trapped beneath vehicle, man dies at Franklin auto and towing shop

FRANKLIN — A 49-year-old man was fatally injured Wednesday in a workplace accident, police said.

The Franklin Fire Department was called shortly after 4 p.m. to respond to Beauchine Auto and Towing at 392 N. Main St. for a report of a man trapped beneath a vehicle.


Police said Donald Eastman of Franklin was an employee of the company.


When first responders arrived, they found him pinned beneath a passenger car attached to a wrecker.


As firefighters worked to free Eastman, Franklin Fire Chief Mike Foss said, they called for a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team helicopter but canceled it after determining he was dead. The Tilton-Northfield Fire Department also responded to the scene.


Franklin police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the mishap and notified the state Medical Examiner’s office, the Merrimack County Attorney and the New Hampshire State Police truck team.


Police said the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has been notified of the accident.


Foss said the incident reinforces the need to take all safety precautions when working around heavy equipment.


City assessing records list the property owner as Robert F. Beauchine.





Police identify man killed while working at Franklin auto shop 


A man who was killed after being trapped under a vehicle at a Franklin auto shop Wednesday afternoon has been identified. 


Police say Donald Eastman, 49, of Franklin was working at Beauchine Auto and Towing at 392 N. Main St. when he became trapped under a passenger vehicle. 


An employee from the shop called 911 and fire crews responded around 4 p.m., Franklin Fire Chief Mike Foss said. 


Crews used a tow truck on scene to move the vehicle and called for a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team helicopter, Foss said. They canceled the helicopter after determining that Eastman was dead. 


A spokesperson from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration said the organization is looking into the incident. Foss said the accident underscores the need take safety precautions when working around heavy equipment.


The Franklin Police Department is investigating the incident with the assistance of state police and Merrimack County Attorney’s Office.


The Franklin Fire Department was assisted Wednesday by local law enforcement and the Tilton Northfield Fire Department.


The Franklin Police Department has set up a GoFundMe page to help Eastman’s family pay for funeral expenses. 


“Donald was a long time employee of Beauchines and was well liked by everyone,” the page reads. “In an effort to assist the family, this page was created, and any donation will be greatly appreciated.”




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