Man Found Crushed by Rock After Vesuvius Eruption

Like something out of a Wile E. Coyote cartoon, the unlucky man escaped the initial eruption only to be decapitated by a flying volcanic rock.

Researchers have recently found the remains of a man crushed to death by a large block in Pompeii. The bottom of the skeleton was photographed protruding from beneath the large block, his head is yet to be recovered.

According to officials, the man is thought to have escaped the first stage of the eruption, only to be hit with a giant rock flung from the later stages of Vesuvius’ A.D. 79 eruption.

Perhaps one of the unluckiest victims of the Vesuvius eruption.

The unlucky bloke, estimated to be in his mid-30s was said by officials to have been struck after the rock was “violently thrown by the volcanic cloud”.

Researchers on site discovered lesions on the man’s legs suggesting the man suffered from a serious bone infection, this unfortunately further delayed his escape.

The find, according to Pompeii’s general director Massimo Osanna is an “exceptional find” one that will give the world a “picture of the history and civilisation of the age”.

Lead Image: The headless skeleton was protruding from beneath a large rock Photograph: Ciro Fusco/EPA

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