Mexican woman dies after dropping 180kg barbell on neck

The woman was exercising alongside her daughter when the incident occurred, leaving gym goers traumatised. WARNING: Confronting.

A woman has died after attempting to lift a 180kg barbell in front of her daughter – only for it to fall and crush her neck.

The Mexican woman, who has not been named, was reportedly exercising with her daughter when the tragic incident occurred.

The horror accident was captured on the gym’s CCTV footage and shows other gym goers immediately rushing to help the woman, who was slumped on the floor.

But there was nothing anyone could do as the blow to her neck had killed the mother instantly.

One man can be seen lying her on her side as they all look on in apparent shock.

The incident took place at a Gym Fitness Sport gym in Mexico City on February 21 and the woman was aged between 35 and 40 years old.

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In the moments before her death, footage shows a burly man adjusting the weights on the barbell before the woman positions herself to lift it.

But it all goes horribly wrong, and the bar immediately hits the back of her neck, pinning her down.

The man and the young girl try to lift the barbell off the woman to free her, but their attempts are in vain.

Two other people then come over and help lift the device, with the woman then slumping lifeless on the floor.

Understandably, the woman’s daughter has been left traumatised by the incident and is believed to be receiving psychological support.

Her death has also prompted the state prosecutor’s office to open an investigation into the incident.

The owner of the gym, who has also not been named, was briefly arrested in order to confirm the woman’s identity.

The investigation is ongoing.

Last May, a Queensland man almost died when the 120kg barbell he was lifting fell, pinning him down by his throat.

Jason Layt lay there trapped for 17 seconds before other gym goers noticed his distress and freed him.

He told the Courier Mail that he spent five hours in hospital after the incident, warning others to take care before lifting anything heavier than their usual weight.

“It was only 3kg more than my personal best, but I could not lift it off,” Mr Layt said.

“It pays to have a spotter, you have to have one.”


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