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Fromberg crash victim identified

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Posted at 12:54 PM, Sep 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-08 15:42:35-04

Authorities on Wednesday released the name of the man who was found dead in a vehicle partially submerged in a Fromberg irrigation ditch.

Donald Weigel, 73, was found deceased in his vehicle on Sept. 4, according to Carbon County Sheriff Josh McQuillan. Weigel's car was found upside down in the Bartlett Ditch on Saturday evening by an area landowner.

An autopsy confirmed Weigel drowned after his car crashed and overturned in the ditch after traveling through a pasture. McQuillan said it remains the exact day and time of the crash remains unknown, but evidence at the scene indicated the vehicle had been in the water for several weeks.

The sheriff also said Weigel owned property near the crash site but had lived in Billings for the last few years.

The investigation is ongoing.

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