RAYMOND, NH (WBZ) – A New Hampshire man was crushed by a 3-ton boulder, leaving a community shocked.
It was a project he’d been working on for a couple months. Paul Comeau, a father and martial arts instructor, told his neighbors he was digging up a huge boulder against his home, because it was creating a path for water to run into his basement when it rained.
This was one huge rock; 6,000 pounds, and about 5 feet wide. According to Lt. Michael Labell of the Raymond PD, “He was in the ditch digging around the bottom of the crater with a hand held tool of some sort.”
The last time Comeau’s family saw him was at about 3:00, when he said he was going onto the back yard to work on that rock. It wasn’t until hours later, his wife realized he was missing and eventually find him in the worst possible situation.
“The boulder got free and rolled towards him, pinning him between the boulder and the side of the ditch,” said Lt. Labell.
It took a tow truck to free him; by then, it was too late. A family left devastated, along with a community of martial arts students, and neighbors stunned.
“To think that you’re working out there by yourself and something like this can happen, so tragic, so close to home,” said Cara Maurice, a neighbor.