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Update: West Central Minn. man killed in skid loader accident identified

BUFFALO LAKE -- Larry E. Rath, 70, of rural Stewart, died Tuesday afternoon in Renville County after the skid loader he was operating rolled into a ditch.

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BUFFALO LAKE - Larry E. Rath, 70, of rural Stewart, died Tuesday afternoon in Renville County after the skid loader he was operating rolled into a ditch.

Rath was trapped inside a 2015 Bobcat skid loader that was on its roof  in a ditch in the 52000 block of 840th Avenue, about four miles of Buffalo Lake in Preston Lake Township, at 5:18 p.m. Rescuers extricated him, but efforts to resuscitate him were not successful and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to information from the Renville County Sheriff's Department. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that the operator was mowing grass with an attached mower when the skid loader rolled over into the ditch.

The accident remains under investigation by the Renville County Sheriff's Office.

Assisting with the crash was the Buffalo Lake Ambulance Service, Buffalo Lake Police Department, Buffalo Lake Fire and Rescue and North Memorial Air Care.

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