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Queensland mechanic, 53, crushed to death while trying to repair a broken-down garbage truck

A mechanic has been tragically crushed to death while attempting to fix a broken- down garbage truck on a busy freeway.  

The 53-year-old man was attempting to repair the vehicle near the M1 motorway on Stapylton-Jacobs Well Rd at Yatala on Queensland's Gold Coast on Tuesday. 

It's understood the man was crushed by the truck's rubbish compactor. 

A Queensland mechanic has been tragically crushed to death while attempting to fix a broken down garbage truck on a busy motorway (stock image)

Emergency services were dispatched to the scene just after 10:20am following reports a man was trapped in the rear of the truck. 

A Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman said paramedics including a critical care doctor were called to the industrial incident and found a man in critical condition. 

Authorities and paramedics remain at the site off the Old Pacific Highway. 

A police spokesperson confirmed the 53-year-old man had died as a result of his injuries and said a report would be prepared for the coroner.  

Queensland Police has notified WorkSafe of the incident. 

'Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating an incident near the Pacific Motorway at Stapylton this morning where a man was crushed to death in the back of a garbage truck,' a WorkSafe spokesperson said.

'It is understood he was doing repairs at the time of the incident.' 

The man was attempting to repair the vehicle near the M1 motorway (pictured) on Stapylton-Jacobs Well Rd at Yatala on Queensland's Gold Coast on Tuesday