Man dies after riding lawnmower into pond

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An 80-year-old man from East Texas died when he drove his sit-down lawnmower into a pond and was pinned underwater by the machine.

Billy Huffines was pronounced dead on Saturday in Fannett, about 70 miles (115 km) east of Houston, after fire department medics were unable to resuscitate him.

Huffines was mowing the lawn on his property when the incident happened. ​

"There's been a lot of rain over here and there's a possibility that the wheels of a tractor, or a mower like that, dig into the mud and inertia can pull it over if the edge slopes downward like a ditch," said Deputy Rod Carroll of the Jefferson County Sheriff's office.

- Reuters