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UPDATE: Name Released of Man Killed after Tractor Falls in Pond

One man is dead after a tractor he was driving, near Cook, fell into a pond. St. Louis County authorities say the tractor appeared to have fallen in the pond upside down, ultimately trapping the driver underwater. One man is dead after a tractor he was driving, near Cook, fell into a pond. St. Louis County authorities say the tractor appeared to have fallen in the pond upside down, ultimately trapping the driver underwater. |  Photo: WDIO-TV

Updated: July 22, 2019 12:57 PM

One man is dead after a tractor he was driving fell into a pond. He has been identified as 50-year-old Sheldon D. Sandberg, of Cook.

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The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says it happened Sunday night on the 8700 block of Highway 5 in Morcom Township, near Cook.

Authorities received a 911 call that an adult male had been driving a skid steer tractor that fell into a man made pond and had been underwater for close to 30 minutes.

The sheriff's office says family members attempted to rescue the male, identified as Sandberg, while emergency personnel were responding, but were unsuccessful.

Rescue personnel were able to to remove the tractor. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Rescue Squad located Sandberg deceased at the bottom of the pond using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). He was located in approximately 8 feet of water.

Authorities say it appears Sandberg had been mowing the grass with the tractor next to the pond and got too close to the edge, which caused the tractor to fall in upside down. That ultimately trapped him underwater.

The Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident with assistance of the Midwest Medical Examiners Office.

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