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Mystery continues over death of man at Pensnett scrapyard
12:22pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
MYSTERY continues to surround the death of a man who was crushed between two vehicles in Pensnett.
Mark Shore suffered horrific chest injuries when he was pinned between a lorry and a trailer at the R Davies Metals yard at Smithy Lane at 4.30am on June 19 last year.
Mr Shore, aged 42 of Zaria Court, High Street, Wordsley, worked at the yard but his boss could not explain what he was doing there at that time of day.
At an inquest into Mr Shore's death Black Country coroner Robin Balmain read a statement from Renney Davies Snr in which he said: “I looked outside and saw one of the lorries had moved and driven into the side of a trailer. I immediately thought someone was trying to steal the lorry and ran outside. Mark was pinned between the lorry and the trailer, suspended two foot off the ground.”
The inquest heard how Mr Davies Jr smashed a window to gain access to the lorry’s cab and found the keys in the ignition but the engine off.
He then reversed the vehicle to free Mr Shore and attempted to resuscitate him following advice from the emergency services but got no response.
Mr Shore’s friend Gemma Tate told the inquest that on the evening before his death Mr Shore had told her he had to be at work for 4.30am the next day as he was due to drive a lorry to Leeds.
But Mr Davies Snr insisted there was no job in Leeds and he had no idea why Mr Shore had arrived so early.
He added: "He wasn't supposed to be there until 7.30 to 8am. That vehicle would have gone to the scrap yard one mile down the road and would have gone on a low loader to be dismantled, it wasn't roadworthy or taxed.”
A post mortem found the right side of Mr Shore's chest was crushed and his ribs were smashed.
A toxicology report found that there were traces of alcohol and cocaine in his urine and cannabis was found in his blood and urine, suggesting recent use.
A jury concluded Mr Shore’s death was accidental and the jury foreman added: “We believe Mr Shore for reasons unknown may have started the engine using a battery booster and the handbrake was disengaged at some point, by someone, reasons unknown.
"While Mr Shore was outside the cab disconnecting the battery booster the brakes disengaged causing the lorry to roll down the slope crushing Mr Shore between the lorry and the trailer.”
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