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pinsitterPanama City, FL – William Martens was performing some maintenance work at Rockit Lanes Sunday afternoon when he somehow got crushed by a bowling pin machine.

According to News Channel 7, a family had been using lane 7 when the pinsetter malfunctioned. The family were moved to lane 8 while Martens worked on the malfunctioning machine.

The family was moved back to lane 7 after it had been repaired and because lane 8 had also malfunctioned. When the family could not get lane 7 to reset, they kept hitting the lane reset button. They stopped doing that when a woman in their group looked down the lane and saw an arm hanging out of the machine.

An employee rushed to the area behind the lanes and found Marten’s upper body trapped in the pinsetter machine. Employees had to call another mechanic who informed them how to turn off the machine and how to manually crank the machine off of Martens.

By time EMS arrived and assisted several other employees in getting Martens freed, the man had been trapped for almost 15 minutes and was not breathing. EMS crews were able to resuscitate Martens and rush him to the hospital where he is currently listed in critical condition.

An employee told police that Martens may not have understood his instructions to work on lane 8, thinking he was going back to work on lane 7. Even so, employees do not understand why he did not turn off the machine, which is standard operating procedures.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/scottymac247 Scott McAllister

    i dont think i will ever bitch about a bad day at work again

  • http://www.facebook.com/Charlenelev Anne Droid

    Im never hitting the reset button – If it dosent reset on its own, im setting the light off and some schmuck is going to do it for me

  • TruTruTrue

    I always thought this would be a horrible way to go, yet I never seen this in a movie. Maybe it was in one of the 20 Final Destination or Scary Movie (trilogy x 7). I hope the guy pulls through!!

  • Evan Oswald

    sucks yo bowling is way cool

  • MyHovercraftIsFullofEels

    I wonder if he is going to lose his job because he didn’t follow company safety procedures. Do you get workman’s comp for something that is your own fault?

  • http://twitter.com/crimefan Professor Plumb

    William Martens Was Crushed By Bowling Pin Machine – http://t.co/TJkO7aAkrF

  • kimbev69

    ouch….i have seen this in a horror movie .. i’m sure of it

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  • CT

    Elevators, escalators, now bowling pin machines – the machine are coming to get us – hail Satian (yeah fuckers, I spelled it wrong, inside joke).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anna-Hall-Grillot/100000054600337 Anna Hall Grillot

    Ahh, come on man, sure you will! lol

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Like most mechanisms, you sometimes have to repair them while they operate in order to replicate the problem, then fix it. It’s not his fault… The other employees are covering their own asses because they screwed up & moved the customers back before the problem was rectified.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    Not really an inside joke when it’s a tagline.

  • CT

    LMB has her own tagline now? Damn, she is good.

  • Athena

    It depends. But, generally, your medical bills will be covered.

  • come_and_see

    People breaking “standard” procedures usually has to do with the place not being managed properly.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Terrifying… I hope this guy makes it… refreshing not to have a complete accident snuff story.

  • Reen B

    Stephen King should follow up that story about the laundry wringer with this.

  • kimbev69

    Ok i have to go googling

  • newstarshipsmell

    Who’d’ve guessed Skynet began its life in a bowling alley?

  • t0ofIy

    hang in there, buddy

  • Heather_Habilatory

    Pretty sure LMB got it from….. um.. Crazy Mom of the crazy mom kid stabbed to death for trying to get cocaine dealer out of town story.

  • LeaveMeBe

    I stole it, just because I think it’s so damn funny. But thanks for thinking I’m so awesome. Because I am. Even if I don’t have my own tagline.

  • LeaveMeBe

    I don’t know which story it was from, but I think the tagline I stole it from also includes something along the lines of “and God in witch we believe.” I <3 that tagline.

  • LeaveMeBe

    I hate bowling.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    That’s the one I was thinking of, and I think it’s Crazymom etc….

  • Heather_Habilatory

    hahahah.

  • techsupp0rt

    Having long hair, my fear is open computer cases, and leaning over them.

    Those fans…

  • merl1

    This made me laugh my ass off. I am an asshole and don’t really care.

  • Mag

    Mmm, that last sentence implies that a whole bunch of people at that alley are trying to cover their asses. Hope he makes it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mikhail-Kolitwenzew/100001461591216 Mikhail Kolitwenzew

    No mam, what is actually happening is that the machines are becoming more Godlike and we are becoming more mortal. We have deified machinery, yet we do know how to deify ourselves.

  • CT

    I have an industrial shredder. That thing can eat a hand.

  • RavenDeWinter

    Actually he did not make it…he died Friday night. We all make mistakes everyday and some of us unfortunately pay with our lives. RIP Marti

  • RavenDeWinter

    I don’t see the humor in someone dying. He was a wonderful person who may have made a mistake. We weren’t there we don’t know. But I am seriously sad for you if you find humor in someone’s suffering.

  • RavenDeWinter

    You are right, we do not know the story…only that a loss of life resulted in some kind of error.
    Thank you for saying it is not his fault.

  • RavenDeWinter

    Don’t be so quick to cast stones.

  • MyHovercraftIsFullofEels

    It would be best for your grieving process to not visit this site again. I guess my question is moot, because he is dead, which I would not have know if you hadn’t blown up this thread again. I am sorry for your loss.