Man dies after commercial-grade coffee machine falls on him

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A man died Saturday afternoon after a commercial coffee machine he was setting up fell on top of him in the Loop.

Shortly before 4:30 p.m., James Karr, 48, was setting up the coffee machine on the 300 block of East Jackson Drive near Grant Park when he lost his balance. He grabbed the machine to prevent from falling and it fell on top of his head and body, said police.

He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and died from his injuries.

Karr, 48, of the 1900 block of West Henderson Street, was pronounced dead at 4:56 p.m. at the hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Autopsy results this afternoon said Karr died from multiple crushing injuries from a commercial-grade coffee maker falling on his chest. His death was ruled an accident, according to the medical examiner’s office.


-Chicago Tribune reporting

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