Pensioner dies after being run over by his own car in horrific tragedy

A pensioner has died after being run over by his own car as he tried to stop it rolling downhill.

The 69-year-old had just returned from a walk in Bolton, Greater Manchester, on Saturday when his Kia Sportage began to toll down the hill.

Police have launched an investigation into how the tragic accident happened.

They have appealed for any witnesses to get in touch.

Emergency services attended the scene, at the junction of Crompton Way and Crompton Vale, at about 2.20pm, but the the man was pronounced dead.

Sergeant Philip Shaw, of Greater Manchester Police’ s serious collision investigation unit, said: “This appears to be a tragic accident and our thoughts are with this man’s family at this terribly difficult time for them.

“It remains important that we conduct an investigation into the circumstances of this incident to make sure the family have answers to why this happened.

“We encourage anyone who witnessed the incident, saw the car prior to the man’s return to it, or has any information that may assist our inquiries to get in touch.”

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It comes after the Daily Star reported another tragedy in the area in February.

Two men were trapped when the house they were working on collapsed, killing one and leaving the other in a life-threatening condition.

A man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene in Bolton-le-Sands, Lancashire in February.

Police were called to reports of two people injured while carrying out building work at an address in Church Brow at around 12.55pm.

As well as the man who died, a second man, in his 40s, was rushed to hospital by air ambulance with “life-threatening injuries”

Officers said they were working with colleagues at the Health and Safety Executive to establish how the second incident happened.

They said the matter remains with police and enquiries are ongoing into the cause of the incident.

Police also said investigations will continue into the tragic death of the pensioner's on Saturday.

Anyone with information can contact police on 0161 856 4741 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111

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