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Pa. man killed while working on car

May 28, 1999

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Perry County, Pa., man was killed Friday morning when the jack holding up the car he was working under slipped, causing the vehicle to fall on him, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police identified the victim as Harold James Bell, 49, of New Germantown, Pa.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Franklin County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeffrey Conner.

Conner listed the cause of death as compressional asphyxiation.

He said Bell was trying to install a tailpipe on his 1983 Mercury Cougar when the scissor jack holding up the vehicle collapsed.

Bell was working in the yard of Henry's Garage in Doylesburg on Pa. 75 in northern Franklin County, Conner said.

Bell was not an employee of the garage, Conner said.

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