Man trapped in brush-clearing machine, drowns

DURANGO, Colo. - A Durango man has died after a brush-clearing machine he was driving slid into the Animas River, trapping him inside.

The Durango Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1zOYxgR ) that the man drowned Monday morning in his skid steer. That's a type of front-loader used to clear brush and other tasks.

The machine toppled into the river on its roof. Workers broke out a window with a hammer, but were unable to free the man.

The victim wasn't immediately identified, though police said he was a local man in his early 30s.
 

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