Boy killed in skid steer loader accident is ID'd

By: AP
By: AP

Greenwood, NE (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a 9-year-old boy who died after he was struck and pinned by a skid steer loader near Greenwood in eastern Nebraska.

The boy was identified Sunday as Grant Johnson. He was a third-grade student at Ashland Elementary School.

Authorities say the boy stepped into the path of the machine as it was backed up around 4 p.m. Saturday. The machine was being used by 35-year-old Augusto Figueroa to clear brush and debris in a grove of trees.

Capt. Dave Lamprecht with the Cass County Sheriff's Office says the death appears to be a "total accident."

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