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Skid loader accident claims Remsen man's life

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Remsen man died Saturday after he was pinned underneath a skid loader southwest of Remsen.

The Plymouth County Sheriff's office investigated the accident reported at 2:06 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of 190th Street and Polk Avenue, according to a sheriff's office press release.

Alexander K. Renken, 19, of Remsen, was severely injured and died after he was freed from under the skid loader by members of the Remsen Fire Department, the release stated.

Renken had held fence posts while Andrew Vaske, of Remsen, was pushing the posts into the ground using the bucket of the skid loader he was operating, according to the investigation.

Vaske had added dirt to the bucket to increase the weight pushing on the posts.

As Renken held a post, the skid loader began to tip forward.

When the skid loader tipped all the way forward, the bucket struck Renken and he was pinned by the equipment, the sheriff's press release stated.

Remsen firefighters provided emergency care after Renken was free from under the skid loader. He was pronounced dead at the accident location.

Mercy Air Care, from Sioux City, was advised of the accident when the Plymouth County Communication Center received a 911 call reporting a man trapped under a skid loader.

The sheriff's office was assisted by the Remsen Fire and Ambulance Departments, Mercy Air Care and the Plymouth County Medical Examiner's Office.



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