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A 46-year-old Gladewater man was killed when the flatbed wrecker truck he was working on rolled off ramps and crushed him early Saturday, said Upshur County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Lyle Potter.

Titus Tyrone Prince was installing a muffler on his three-ton rollover wrecker when the accident occurred outside a large metal shop in the 1800 block of Cannon Street, according to information from Potter and Gladewater Police Chief Robert Vine. Emergency medical services personnel pronounced Prince dead at 3:30 a.m., said Potter, who said he also pronounced the victim dead shortly afterward.

The shop's owner tried unsuccessfully to pull Prince from underneath the wrecker before the victim died, said Potter. Jacks were used to extract the body, the judge said.

Police responded to the scene about 3 a.m. after receiving a report of someone being pinned beneath a vehicle, Vine said in a press release. Upon arriving, officers saw the victim pinned under the front suspension area of the wrecker, Vine said.

"When officers were able to reach Prince, he was unresponsive. EMS responded to the scene and could not locate a pulse when a heart monitor was placed on Prince," the chief said.

John Black Jr. of Gladewater told officers Prince had been working on the victim's vehicle when it rolled over him, pinning him underneath, said Vine.

"Black stated Prince had parked the truck on some homemade vehicle ramps at a shop on the property. Prince had been working on his vehicle replacing the exhaust system," the chief said.

Potter said he did not order an autopsy. Prince's body was taken to McCauley and Sons Funeral Home in Gladewater.