Independence man killed in freak accident at automotive shop

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BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- A 28-year-old Independence man was killed Monday when a car-lift fell on him.

Police identified the man as Gusteno A. Santamaria. The incident happened at 11 a.m. at Highline Automotive located at 609 SW 7 Highway in Blue Springs, Mo.

Jeremy Dickstein with Blue Springs Police Department said employees were moving the four-post lift when it tipped over and fell on the victim.

"We’re investigating what exactly occurred," Dickstein said. "I know OSHA has already been contacted and they are involved and they’re going to come in and investigate thoroughly along with police department investigators."

Employees at Highline Automotive were shaken by the tragedy and said they were all "like family."

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