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Man killed when tractor overturns, pins him

A 73-year-old Rosalia man was killed Thursday evening when a tractor he was riding near a creek overturned, pinning him underneath it, the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Robert J. Clausen died at the scene of the accident, which was reported to the sheriff at 9:40 p.m.

Deputies said that Clausen was spraying weeds on property located near Waterman Road and Pandora Road when the tractor overturned.

The tractor apparently slid off the edge of an embankment and into the creek, where it pinned him, said Sgt. Rick McNannay in a media release. An investigation is continuing today, he said.