WATERFORD (WWJ) – A snow shoveling accident is believed to have claimed the life of a Waterford man in his 60s

Waterford Fire Captain John Lyman told WWJ Newsradio 950 the call for help came in around 9 a.m. Friday, and firefighters found the victim lying in his driveway.

Lyman said they made several attempts to resuscitate him.”They arrived to find the man in cardiac arrest, and our firefighters and paramedics worked to revive him and they were … unsuccessful,” he said.

Lyman said it appears like the victim was trying to clear his driveway when the incident occurred.

He said if you have a heart condition or feel ill, don’t shovel.  If you need to, ask for help.

“I think it’s also a good reminder for citizens, residents to look out for their neighbors and consider doing their walks or driveways if needed — for the neighbors who might be elderly or who might be unable to do that for themselves,” he said.

The victim was pronounced dead at Huron Valley Hospital. The Oakland County Medical Examiner is planning the autopsy for Saturday morning.  His name has not been released.

Friday morning’s storm brought up to 4 inches of snow to Metro Detroit and 14 inches to other parts of lower Michigan created hazardous driving conditions and prompted hundreds of school closings.


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