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BLACKTOP ROLLER PINS, KILLS LOCKPORT MAN

The operator of a local collision shop was killed Thursday when a 20-ton blacktop roller toppled into a ditch and landed on top of him, Sheriff's Deputy Steven C. Preisch said.

Jack A. Dayfert, 58, of 5596 Murphy Road was pronounced dead at the scene on Lockport Road, about one-quarter mile east of Campbell Boulevard.

Coroner Steven A. Gerhardt said an autopsy would be conducted today in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North
Tonawanda.

Dayfert, the owner of Dayfert's Collision and Painting Co., was driving the borrowed roller eastbound on the north shoulder of the road at 4:54 p.m. Preisch said the weight of the machine apparently shifted, and it began to roll left into a four-foot-deep ditch.

Undersheriff Samuel J. Muscarella said an eyewitness reported seeing Dayfert try to jump off the roller, but he was unable to get far enough away to avoid being pinned by it.

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