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Rural Pierz man killed Sunday after forklift backs into tractor he was on

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

PIERZ — A 24-year-old rural Pierz man was killed Sunday when a forklift rolled into the back of his tractor in a gravel pit just west of Pierz, reported the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office.

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Responding deputies arrived at the scene and immediately attempted life saving measures but were unable to revive the male victim identified as Michael Melvin Lodermeier, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the sheriff’s office, Lodermeier and his brother were attempting to load a scrapped out pickup truck onto a trailer utilizing a forklift when the forklift quit running. Lodermeier then retrieved a tractor and attempted to pull the forklift toward the trailer at which point the forklift started rolling faster than the tractor was moving, causing the forklift to collide with the back of the tractor. Lodermeier was struck in the back and suffered injuries which are believed to have caused his death.

An autopsy will be conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office in order to determine an exact cause of death.

The incident was reported at 6:37 p.m.

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