- Associated Press - Monday, October 20, 2014

MERRILL, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 55-year-old Le Mars man has been fatally injured while operating a combine near Merrill in northwest Iowa.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office says a trailer being pulled by the combine broke loose and struck the combine on Friday evening. The combine went into a ditch, and officials think the operator was thrown from its cab. The Sheriff’s Office says the operator died later at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

He was identified as Eugene Sitzmann.

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