Cle Elum man dies in backhoe accident
A 37-year-old man is dead following a farming accident involving a backhoe yesterday morning.
The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office says the accident happened about 9:30 a.m. on Thorp Cemetary Road.
The victim, Shawn Tolbert, was outside of the backhoe 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 pinning Mr. Tolbert between the stabilizer arm and the backhoe causing fatal injuries.