SIDNEY – The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a fatal accident involving a skid loader near the intersection of 370th Avenue and 200th Street near Farragut.
Deputies were dispatched at 2:29 p.m. on Tuesday and determined that Timothy Henry Shirley, 56, of Thurman, Iowa, had been operating a John Deere 333D compact track loader.
He was removing trees from a ditch when the skid loader overturned, coming to rest with its cab facing down, near the bottom of the ditch.
Upon arrival of rescue personnel, they found Shirley deceased inside the enclosed cab of the loader.
An exact cause of death is unknown at this time. Deputies are awaiting results of an autopsy. The skid loader was not damaged. A safety lap belt was in use, however, seatbelts were not in use.
Farragut Fire and Rescue, Shenandoah Fire and Rescue and the Fremont County Medical Examiner’s Office assisted the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office with the call.