19-year-old mover crushed to death by safe in Mountain Brook - Alabamas13.com WVTM-TV Birmingham, AL

19-year-old mover crushed to death by safe in Mountain Brook

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The Mountain Brook Police Department has identified the victim crushed by a safe as 19-year-old Trayshawn Presha from Sarasota, Fla.

Police say the incident happened on May 13 around 5:45 p.m. in the 3600 block of Oakdale Drive.

Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Bill Yates said Presha and other movers were using a dolly to move the safe along a ramp that wasn't long enough. The movers added a second unsecured ramp as an extension, which slid when the safe was on top of it, continued Yates.

Authorities said the other movers were able to get out of the way before the safe fell, except for the victim.

Mountain Brook police say the victim and other movers were transporting a fire safe, which is commonly found in homes. They are used to store guns, jewelry, and other valuables. These safes typically weigh several hundred pounds, said police.

Presha was transported to UAB Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:31 p.m.

Presha worked for Atlas Van Lines, according to the coroner's office.

We reached out to the company for comment following this accident. Katie Gross, Marketing Specialist for Atlas Van Lines, Inc. released the following statement: "This is an incredibly tragic accident, and we're deeply saddened to hear that a young man lost his life. We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Trayshawn Presha. The safety and wellbeing of everyone in the Atlas Van Lines family is always a top priority. We'll continue to do what we can to ensure their safety and help prevent these types of accidents in the future. Presha was employed by a professional van operator (PVO),who was under a contract with one of Atlas' interstate agents. He was authorized by Atlas Van Lines to serve as a helper for this specific PVO earlier this year."

Meanwhile, funeral arrangements are being handled by Chandler's Funeral Chapel in Sarasota, Fla. No word on when the victim's funeral will be held. Officials there said late Thursday morning they are still waiting to meet with the family.
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