Weightlifter Dies After 315-Pound Barbell Drops on His Neck

Updated: 29 December 2016 23:57 IST

A spokesman for the center, Mark Yontz, said Thursday that Kyle Thomson was bench-pressing 315 pounds when the barbell slipped

Weightlifter Dies After 315-Pound Barbell Drops on His Neck
The incident took place in central Iowa. (Photo: Facebook/Kyle Thomson) © Facebook

Iowa:

Authorities say a 22-year-old man has died after a barbell slipped from his grasp and crushed his neck at a gym in central Iowa.

The accident occurred Monday morning at Elite Edge Transformation Center in Ankeny, about 10 miles north of Des Moines. A spokesman for the center, Mark Yontz, said Thursday that Kyle Thomson was bench-pressing 315 pounds when the barbell slipped.

Ankeny Fire Chief James Clack says the barbell fell on Thomson's neck. Clack says a fire ambulance took Thomson to a Des Moines hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Yontz says there were spotters watching Thomson on the bench.

Iowa State University spokeswoman Annette Hacker says Thomson was a student there and lived in Pleasant Hill.

Topics : Weightlifting
Highlights
  • A weightlifter has died after a 315-pound barbell slipped on him
  • The incident took place in central Iowa
  • The weightlifter was a 22-year-old man
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