Young Lanesboro Man Killed In Equipment Loading Mishap
The Iowa State Patrol’s incident report indicates 21-year-old Joseph Gathje was found pinned underneath a large piece of tacked equipment at the intersection of Vanderbilt Ln. and 160th St. The fatal incident occurred in Lawler, about 30 miles south of the Iowa-Minnesota state line shortly before noon Monday.
Responding Troopers determined Gathje had been loading the equipment onto a flat-bed semi trailer when the equipment began to roll off the trailer. The equipment rolled into the ditch resulting in Gathje getting pinned, the report says.
Gathje was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office. The Iowa State Patrol says the deadly incident remains under investigation.