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Workman drowns after being pinned under equipment in a Jackson County pond

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A pumping accident in Jackson County has led to the apparent drowning death of a Fairchild man.

The sheriff’s office says 44-year-old Tony Killian became trapped under a large pump, in a pond about 12 feet deep, at a work site in the town of Curran on Tuesday.

Killian reportedly had been doing maintenance work on the pump when it rolled over and may have knocked him into the pond. Heavy machinery was needed to free Killian from underneath the pump, and efforts to revive him were not successful.

First responders from Taylor, Hixton, and Black River Falls went to the scene, as well as the Fort McCoy Fire and Dive Team.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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