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Texas Man in Wyoming to Watch Eclipse Dies in ATV Crash

Trevor Trujillo, Townsquare Media
Trevor Trujillo, Townsquare Media

ALTA, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say a Texas man has died in an ATV crash while in Wyoming to watch the total solar eclipse.

Teton County sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Stanyon called the death “one of those scary, freak accidents.”

John Benson Mione, 30, died on Sunday while trying to keep the vehicle from rolling away after it became stuck.

Stanyon says Mione and a friend were riding about a mile and a half east of the Idaho border when the ATV got stuck. He says Mione stepped behind the ATV to keep it from rolling down hill, but it tipped and the roll bar struck and pinned him.

The friend attempted life-saving procedures, but Mione was pronounced dead on scene.

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