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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — An employee of a German contractor died Monday evening at Ramstein Air Base, the apparent victim of an industrial accident.

German police said the victim was a 49-year-old male. U.S. Air Force officials at Ramstein are withholding the man’s name pending notification of next of kin.

German police are handling the investigation because the victim was employed by a German contractor working at Ramstein.

The incident happened inside a warehouse about 6 p.m. Monday, according to a 435th Air Base Wing press release.

“The incident is under investigation,” said Christiane Lautenschlaeger, a spokeswoman at German police headquarters at Kaiserslautern.

“It seems the man tried to pull a platform down, and he was caught between a handrail and a crossbeam.”

German police are awaiting test results to determine if drugs or alcohol were present in the man’s system.

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