The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that just after 2 PM, their office received a 911 call of a subject that was trapped under a skid loader at 190th Street and Polk Avenue. Remsen Fire and Ambulance were dispatched and also Mercy Air Care advised.
Firefighters were able the free the person from under the skid loader and emergency care was administered. However, the subject’s injuries were severe and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim was identified as 19-year-old Alexander Keith Renken of Remsen. His body was transported to Floyd Valley Hospital for examination.
The report says that investigation shows that the skid loader was being operated by Andrew Vaske and that Renken was assisting him in putting fence posts into the ground. Renken would hold the posts while Vaske would push the posts into the ground with the skid loader. Vaske had put dirt into the bucket for added weight in pushing the posts. As Renken was holding a post, the skid loader began to tip forward, the weight in the bucket causing the skid loader to tip all the way forward. The bucket struck and pinned Renken.
The Remsen Fire Department, Remsen Ambulance, Mercy Air Care, and the Plymouth County Medical Examiner assisted the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office.