MADELIA, Minn. (AP) — A man from rural Madelia has been found dead, pinned underneath a riding lawn mower.

Blue Earth County sheriff’s deputies tell The Free Press of Mankato that 59-year-old Gary Wersal was attempting to free the mower from some mud on Saturday afternoon.

The throttle was wide open when the mower came loose, ran into Wersal and dragged him 15 feet before getting stuck again. Wersal’s body was found under the mower about 2:15 p.m. Saturday.

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Comments (16)
  1. MplsChic says:

    Isn’t that a picture of a push-mower?

    1. jeff says:

      Yep, leave it to the star tribune to be that lazy. Reminds me of all the typos we consistently see.

      1. Dave says:

        Except, Jeff, you’re on the WCCO website, not the Strib’s. Crummy walk-behind mower picture though.

  2. MAJ says:

    Tragic accident. (Put up a different picture as this is a push mower you are showing. He was using a riding mower.) The groundskeeper at the Lions Park in Corcoran died in a similar accident last summer..

  3. robgob says:

    I can’t believe you people care about the generic photo they use, You need to get a life, a man is dead and the mower photo bothers you.

    1. jeff says:

      It’s miss leading. Now we will all have to deal with our wives being confused as to what kind of mower is likely to kill us. This is how the fear mongering starts.

    2. JamieinMN says:

      I agree. A dang caption picture should be the last on everyone’ minds. Sheesh. Of course if they had NO picture then people would still b-i-t-c-h.

  4. We says:

    What a way to go.R.I.P.

  5. bill says:

    Darwin Award candidate?

  6. MplsChic says:

    To the contrary – it’s very misleading when you see the picture on the front page and the caption that a man was killed by his own lawnmower. See: Journalism 101.

  7. Cache says:

    Mabel the Mower was tired of the abuse and decided to get even! LMAO

    1. sick of cache says:

      you know that could have been your dad or uncle or grandpa or brother so you should watch how you say things. i am sure his family is reading this, I hope they are doing ok in this time of sorrow. My condolences to the family.

  8. Hugh Jorgan says:

    Nice grammar… Not.
    How’s about “report dumb, wimpy, whiners comments”, instead? Yes.

  9. tommy says:

    come on folks. the picture is of a lawn mower for sale no the actual lawn mower that killed the poor man. get your butt over to media and do some field reporting!

  10. Ryan says:

    That looks like a nice lawnmower!

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