Man dies at home after wall collapses
A MAN was killed in what appeared to be a freak accident when a falling brick wall crushed him into a car.
The man, 25, was understood to have been working on his four-wheel-drive at the front of his home on Carthew St, Kirwan, when a large brick wall collapsed and pinned him against the car about 1pm.
Police have not named the man.
Acting Sergeant Kym Lynch said a passing motorist stopped to help when he noticed the fallen fence.
"He's done a U-turn and noticed a person was pinned between the vehicle and the brick fence," she said.
"He's rendered some first aid but unfortunately (the man) was deceased. He perhaps was working on his motor vehicle and the fence has collapsed."
It is understood the man had his back to the brick wall and may not have noticed it falling.
Emergency services were called to the scene about 1pm with police, paramedics and firefighters attending.
Distraught family and friends arrived at the house throughout the afternoon.
About 3pm firefighters managed to lift the brick wall so the man could be removed and taken to Townsville Hospital, where it is believed an autopsy will be conducted.
Police conducted interviews with other residents of the Carthew St house as well as neighbours during the initial investigation.
Regional Duty Officer acting Inspector Darren Randall said the incident appeared to be an accident.
"Early inquiries indicate the person was crushed between a 4WD vehicle and a collapsed brick wall," he said.
"The exact cause of the incident is still being determined by police but at this stage the death is not being treated as suspicious.
"This is a traumatic experience for all involved and police encourage anybody who is experiencing difficulties coping with grief or emotions to seek assistance."
Insp Randall said police investigators would now prepare a report for the coroner.