Weightlifter dies after a 315-pound barbell drops on his neck



ANKENY, Iowa – Authorities say a 22-year-old man died after a barbell slipped out of his hands and broken its neck at a gym in the middle of Iowa.

The accident happened Monday morning at Elite Edge Transformation Center in Ankeny, about 10 miles north of Des Moines. A spokesman from the centre, Mark Yontz, said Thursday that Kyle Thomson was bench-pressing 315 pounds when the barbell slipped.

Ankeny Fire Chief James Clack said the barbell fell on the Thomson ‘ s neck. Clack, says a fire ambulance took Thomson to a Des Moines hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Yontz says there were spotters watching Thomson on the bench.

Iowa State University spokeswoman Annette Hacker says Thomson was a student there and lived in Pleasant Hill.

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