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Child dies after being trapped beneath trailer door

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A first grader at Whale Branch Elementary died on Monday after he was trapped beneath a utility trailer door.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says James McDiffett, Jr., 6, was riding his bike on Hampton Drive around 5:30 p.m. Monday when he apparently managed to unlatch a utility trailer door which fell on his chest.

Paramedics rushed McDiffett to a hospital where he died.

An autopsy revealed the accidental death was due to traumatic asphyxia from the door compressing on his chest.

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