3-year-old dies after parking system mishap

OSAKA - A 3-year-old boy died Monday after his body was caught in the mechanism of an elevator parking garage at a condominium in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, police said.

Police say Shotaro Sato, a resident of the 11-story condominium, was believed to have been caught by his chest in the parking system. The boy was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The accident occurred when the boy's 40-year-old mother was operating the parking system to lift her car out of an underground section of the elevator parking garage.

The Ibaraki Police Station was informed of the accident at around 8:30 a.m. by the Ibaraki municipal firefighting headquarters.

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