Van falls on man changing tire

Emergency crews next to a damaged van on Cosey beach Ave. in East Haven, July 17, 2014. (WTNH / Kent Pierce)

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A man is whose van fell on him while he was changing a tire Thursday has been identified as Steven Lamontagne, 44, of East Haven.

His condition was not immediately available.

It happened on Cosey Beach Ave. a little after 8 a.m. Witnesses tell News 8’s Kent Pierce the operator of a white van was driving around the area when he hit a fire hydrant, blowing out the tire. He reportedly then drove on the rim around the block until he was back almost to the hydrant. He then stopped in the travel lane to change the tire.

At some point during the tire change the vehicle slipped off the jack and fell on the victim’s head. The injuries were serious enough that he was sent to the hospital. A fire truck was brought in to hose down the street and wash away the blood.

Police have not publicly identified the driver or commented on what happened. It’s unclear if the driver of the van was alone or if there were others with him.

But Glenn Jackson, a witness, said, “They were trying to fix it this morning and it came down and hit the kids head. Looks like there’s a jack underneath there. I didn’t see the kid though… hopefully he’ll be all right.”

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