DURANGO — A Durango man has died after a brush-clearing machine he was driving slid into the Animas River, trapping him inside.

The Durango Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1zOYxgR ) that the man drowned Monday morning in his skid steer. That's a type of front-loader used to clear brush and other tasks.

The machine toppled into the river on its roof. Workers broke out a window with a hammer, but were unable to free the man.

The victim wasn't immediately identified, though police said he was a local man in his early 30s.


Information from: Durango Herald, http://www.durangoherald.com