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Cle Elum Man Dies in Backhoe Accident

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Shawn Tolbert, 37 Shawn Tolbert, 37

KITTITAS COUNTY, WA - The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office says a man from Cle Elum has died in a farming accident involving a backhoe.

Deputies say the operator of the backhoe, 37-year-old Shawn Tolbert died after he was pinned between the backhoe and its stabilizer arm Tuesday morning. 

Investigators say Tolbert had been outside the machine along Thorp Cemetery Road, and may have placed a chunk of metal on the foot pedal that operates the boom on the equipment. The boom swung to the side and pinned him.