BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — A Centerville man died Saturday afternoon from injuries he suffered when his van fell on him while he was changing a flat tire on Route 77, just east of the intersection of Route 8.
Dwayne “Dewey” Baldwin, 53, of Taylor Stand Road, was pronounced dead at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, said Jerry Kalkbrenner, ambulance chief for the Bloomfield Volunteer Fire Department.
Kalkbrenner said Baldwin had pulled his 12-passenger van off the road on Route 77 and was attempting to change the rear tire on the vehicle’s driver’s side. Baldwin had used a jack to raise the vehicle and had crawled under the van to remove the spare tire from the back end of the van, Kalkbrenner said.
The jack gave way, pinning Baldwin under the vehicle, he said.
“He was trapped for an undetermined length of time,” said Kalkbrenner.
Kalkbrenner said Baldwin evidently had called a friend to help him with the tire before he was pinned underneath the vehicle.
“The friend found Baldwin in that position,” Kalkbrenner said.
When the Bloomfield VFD and ambulance were called to the scene at 2:05 p.m., five people were using a tractor and a bucket loader to lift the vehicle off Baldwin, Kalkbrenner said.
Once Baldwin was freed, he was taken by ambulance one-tenth of mile to Route 8, where the LifeStar MedEvac medical helicopter was waiting to transport him to Hamot.
Corry-based state police also responded to the scene.