Man dies in backhoe accident near Issaquah

September 21, 2010

By Staff

Police said a 55-year-old Seattle man died Sept. 14 after he was struck by a runaway backhoe in unincorporated King County between Issaquah and Renton.

King County Sheriff’s Office investigators said the incident occurred at about 5:30 p.m. in the 11900 block of 171st Place Southeast, just south of the intersection of state Route 900.

The man — later identified as Kevin M. Holmberg — had been clearing property when the backhoe became damaged and a tie rod broke. Holmberg managed to get the equipment out onto 171st Place Southeast, but the tie rod ended up stuck in the ground like a kickstand.

Police said Holmberg kicked the tie rod loose and the backhoe started rolling downhill. He ran alongside trying to reach for the controls, but slipped and was run over. Medics transported him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Holmberg died at the hospital at about 7 p.m.

The sheriff’s office Major Accident Investigation Unit is handling the investigation.

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