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Nevada man found dead under vehicle after earthquake in California



Nevada authorities have identified a man found dead this week under a vehicle that could have collapsed during powerful earthquakes in southern California.

The deputy sheriff's deputies from Nye County were sent Tuesday to Troy Ray's rural home in Pahrump; they found him stuck under a jeep. Sheriff's Sergeant Adam Tippetts said that on July 3, Ray, 55, had been seen living at a nearby gas station.

This undated reservation photo provided by the Sheriff's Office in Nye County, Nevada, shows Troy Ray. (Nye County Sheriff's Office via AP)

This undated reservation photo provided by the Sheriff's Office in Nye County, Nevada, shows Troy Ray. (Nye County Sheriff's Office via AP)

A day later, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck 95 miles from Ray's home in Ridgecrest, California. The earthquake was followed by a shake of 7.1 the next day in the same area.

The authorities ruled that Ray's death was an accident of asphyxiation and blunt trauma. Police believe the vehicle may have crashed into Ray during one of the earthquakes.

The jeep where Troy Ray was found dead. Officials think it collapsed because of last week's earthquakes. (Rachel Aston / Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

The jeep where Troy Ray was found dead. Officials think it collapsed because of last week's earthquakes. (Rachel Aston / Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

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"The vehicle in which the man was found stuck was safely lifted and, based on the position of the body and the tools found on the scene, he appeared to be working on the vehicle at the time of his death" , said Tippetts. I said.


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