A man who died on Chester Zoo's car park after getting trapped under a bus has been named locally as married dad-of-three Wayne Lannon.
Emergency services rushed to the major tourist attraction shortly after midday on Wednesday (June 14), but the 46-year-old from Wigan was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
It is understood that Mr Lannon was a mechanic and had been carrying out maintenance on the double decker bus when the tragedy occurred.
An eye-witness told The Chronicle there was a 'massive bang' as the vehicle - which was believed to be empty at the time - came down on top of the victim.
Cheshire Police said an investigation has been launched into the incident, and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.
Mr Lannon has been described by friends as ‘one in a million’, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Tributes poured in for Mr Lannon, who is understood to be a married father-of-three.
Ryan Liptrot posted on Facebook: “Rest in Peace, Wayne Lannon. A status I never thought I would be writing, a great gent a guy that was class with everyone and it was a pleasure to call you my friend.”
Dylan Jones wrote: “RIP Wayne, you’ll never be forgotten.”
Debby Lockett posted: “RIP lovely funny Wayne.”
Sharon Jones said: “RIP Wayne. You were one in a million and we will never forget you.”
Neighbours on Mr Lannon’s street, in the Beech Hill area of Wigan, said he was popular in the area, having lived there for more than two decades.
One resident said: “Wayne was a really nice guy and a good neighbour, very well known in the area. He had lived here, on this road, for more than 20 years.
“It’s so, so sad for his family. I can’t believe it’s happened.”
Chester Zoo chief executive Mark Pilgrim said: “We can confirm with real sadness that a man passed away in our public coach park earlier today.
“First aid teams and other zoo staff assisted the emergency services, but sadly the man died at the scene.
“Our thoughts and sympathies are very much with his family and all involved.”
A spokesman for Cheshire police said: “Shortly after 12.30pm today, Wednesday June 14, officers were called to reports of an incident outside Chester Zoo.
“Officers attended the scene and found that a man had become trapped under a double decker bus on the coach car park outside the zoo.
“The bus is believed to have been empty at the time the incident occurred.
“The North West Ambulance Service attended the incident and sadly the man was pronounced dead at the scene. “An police investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is currently underway and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.
“Police, fire and ambulance remain in attendance at the scene and, as a result of the incident, a small section was screened off from public access.”
Police said Mr Lannon’s next of kin had been informed of his death.