Man dies after being pinned beneath box trailer
PHARR — Pharr police are investigating the death of a man who became trapped underneath a box trailer. The incident happened September 13 in the 4000 block of North Cage Blvd.
According to a police report, two men had driven the vehicle to the Valley from New Braunfels. They were reportedly working on the truck’s air bag suspension system when one of the bags failed, pinning one of the men between the trailer and one of the truck’s axles.
The victim’s identity was not immediately released, but he was described as a 50-year-old white male.
No further information was available as the Pharr Police Department continued to investigate.
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