BARNESVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have ruled the death of a Barnesville man found trapped under a garage door was an accident.

Preliminary autopsy results find that 51-year-old Steve Peterson died of asphyxiation.

Barnesville Police Chief Dean Ernst tells The Forum newspaper that Peterson apparently was unable to breathe when the garage door came down on his chest.

Peterson was part-owner of Barnesville Bus Co. He was found March 7 at the business.

The police chief has said Peterson apparently was trying to duck under the garage door as it was closing when he somehow got caught under it.

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Comments (2)
  1. St Paul says:

    Sad. So sad for this man’s family. Hope they are healing after this awful accident. I’ve done the same thing once or twice but never a large door that that one. I won’t ever do it again however!!

  2. This is a senseless death due to current codes that do not allow a door to continue to travel down when an object or anything enters under the door.
    If they are not to code I hope they spend the money to do so, to prevent this from happening again.

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