WAREHAM (CBS) – A car wash employee was seriously injured after he was struck by a van and then pinned underneath the vehicle in the parking lot of the facility.
The 69-year-old victim, a Middleboro resident and employee of Soft Touch Car Wash on Cranberry Highway, was flown to a Boston-area hospital with “significant life-threatening injuries” following the accident around 1:15 p.m. Thursday, the Onset Fire Department said in a statement.
His condition was not immediately known.
A preliminary investigation found that the van driver, a 66-year-old resident of Naples, Florida, had been exiting the car wash facility when the incident occurred, Wareham Police said in a statement.
“All preliminary indications at this time show the driver of the van was unaware the incident occurred and he is not expected to be cited,” police said.
Emergency crews responded to the parking lot of the Soft Touch Car Wash early Thursday afternoon after receiving a report of a man lodged underneath a vehicle in the parking lot, police said.
A Wareham police officer arrived first on scene.
When firefighters arrived, they found the male victim had been struck by a vehicle, dragged a short distance, and remained trapped under the vehicle in the parking lot.
Emergency crews used hydraulic rescue tools to raise the vehicle off of the victim.
The victim was not identified pending family notification.
Wareham Police and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.