Man dies in industrial accident in Meeker Co.

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – A man from Litchfield died in an industrial accident in Watkins Wednesday, according to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office responded to a report of the accident at 11:36 a.m. The initial report was of an employee pinned in a piece of equipment. Meeker County Deputies, Watkins Ambulance, Watkins Fire Department, and Life Link III all responded to the scene.

Rescue workers were able to free the individual from the equipment and began life saving efforts. However, the victim succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene.

The employee has been identified as Todd Shoutz, 51, of Litchfield. The preliminary investigation revealed Shoutz, a maintenance worker, was working on the machine at the time of the accident.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation.

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