Police identify man killed while working at Franklin auto shop 

  • Franklin town hall, police department, fire department. Maddie Vanderpool

Monitor staff
Published: 6/20/2019 10:13:39 AM

A man who was killed after being trapped under a vehicle at a Franklin auto shop Wednesday afternoon has been identified. 

Police say Donald Eastman, 49, of Franklin was working at Beauchine Auto and Towing at 392 N. Main St. when he became trapped under a passenger vehicle. 

An employee from the shop called 911 and fire crews responded around 4 p.m., Franklin Fire Chief Mike Foss said. 

Crews used a tow truck on scene to move the vehicle and called for a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team helicopter, Foss said. They canceled the helicopter after determining that Eastman was dead. 

A spokesperson from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration said the organization is looking into the incident. Foss said the accident underscores the need take safety precautions when working around heavy equipment.

The Franklin Police Department is investigating the incident with the assistance of state police and Merrimack County Attorney’s Office.

The Franklin Fire Department was assisted Wednesday by local law enforcement and the Tilton Northfield Fire Department.

The Franklin Police Department has set up a GoFundMe page to help Eastman’s family pay for funeral expenses. 

“Donald was a long time employee of Beauchines and was well liked by everyone,” the page reads. “In an effort to assist the family, this page was created, and any donation will be greatly appreciated.”

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