Man drowns in freak lawnmower accident

An elderly South Carolina man died in a freak lawnmower accident.

The Cherokee County Coroner says that 88-year-old Daniel Lee Shaw of Gaffney was cutting the lawn when the accident took place.

"Shaw was riding a zero turn mower on his property when it ran off the turf and overturned down an embankment into a creek. The mower came to rest on top of Shaw trapping him under the water," Coroner Dennis Flowler said in a news release.

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Shaw was discovered by family members at 8:50 p.m. who began searching for him after failing to show up at his nearby home. That was about 4 hours after he was last seen.

An autopsy will be performed as part of the investigation.