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Eagle man died of asphyxia

Vail Daily Staff Report
Eagle County, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” A 62-year-old Eagle man suffocated while trapped under a snowmobile in the backcountry Sunday, officials said.

Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis said an autopsy on the man identified as Mike Claussner revealed he died of “positional asphyxia.”

“The snowmobile was on top of him, he couldn’t breath,” Bettis said.

Claussner was snowmobiling with a friend in the Yeoman Park backcountry area of the White River National Forest, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. Claussner’s friend, who officials say did not witness the accident, called authorities at 3:40 p.m. Members of the Vail Mountain Rescue Group responded to the call.

Yeoman park is located about 15 miles south off Eagle on East Brush Creek Road.

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