Weightlifter dies after dropping barbell on his neck

An Iowa man is dead after a 315 pound barbell slipped from his grasp and landed on his neck.

Authorities say 22-year-old Kyle Thompson was bench-pressing the the barbell at a gym in Ankeny, Iowa, when the incident occurred.

Ankeny Fire Chief James Clack said a fire ambulance took Thomson to a Des Moines hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to CBS News.

Mark Yontz, a spokeman forĀ Elite Edge Transformation Center said spotters were Thomson on the bench.

According to Annette Hacker, a spokeswoman for Iowa State University, Thompson was a student there and resided in Pleasant Hill.