On Saturday, January 12, 2019 at approximately 6:06 P.M., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a male vs skid steer accident on Fritsche Ln, in the Township of Eastman. It was reported that a male was smashed by the skid steer.
Blas (pronounced-bless) E. Cuahutzihua, age 45, of Mexico, was operating a 2054 Mustang skid steer. Blas had the hydraulic arms of the skid steer raised in the air. Blas exited the cab and was presumed to be attempting to clean the foot control pedals. Blas did not engage the safety locks that hold the hydraulic arms in place. While clearing the foot controls the hydraulic arms were engaged and closed on Blas. Blas was pinned between the cab and the arms of the skid steer. A co-worker heard Blas and came to his aid.
Blas was transported from the scene to meet with Med Flight. Due to the extent of injuries Blas passed away before being transferred to Med Flight.
Assisting on the scene was Eastman First Responders, Eastman Fire Department, Tri State Regional EMS, Tri State Ambulance, Med Flight and the Crawford County Coroner.