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Caledonia man killed in forklift fall

Brad Williams

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A Caledonia man died, and two others were hurt, after a tree-cutting accident in Mower County where a forklift tipped over.

Sixty-three-year-old Earl Klankowski of Caledonia was declared dead at the scene on Sunday, after he and a second man fell about 30 feet from the lift platform.

Patrick O’Connor of Dexter was seriously hurt in his fall from the platform.

O’Connor is being treated in Rochester for serious injuries.

Benjamin Klankowski was operating the machine, and tried to move the platform when the accident happened.

He was trapped under the equipment, but had minor injuries.

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