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West Central Tribune
Man dies in gravel pit accident near Fairfax, Minn.
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News local Fairfax Renville County industrial accident fatal

FAIRFAX -- A 24-year-old man died Tuesday after becoming entangled in a moving conveyor belt in a gravel pit near Fairfax in Renville County.

According to a news release, the Renville County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about noon Tuesday reporting an industrial accident in the gravel pit along 610th Avenue southwest of Fairfax. The caller said that a worker had become entangled in a piece of machinery and had suffered an amputation.

Fairfax Ambulance, Fairfax Fire Department, North Ambulance-Redwood Falls, North Air Care helicopter and the Renville County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.

When emergency personnel arrived, the man was no longer entangled in the machinery, but he was not breathing and had no pulse. Despite resuscitation efforts, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The name of the victim was not released Tuesday, pending notification of family members.

In investigating the incident, authorities learned the man had been caught in a moving conveyor belt.

The accident is being investigated by the Renville County Sheriff's Office and the Mine Safety and Health Administration.