DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -

A man operating a skid steer loader has died after he was pinned under the machine and it caught fire in Lafayette County.

Sheriff's authorities say 59-year-old Paul Cullen, of Schullsburg, was using the skid loader to push trash into a hole where it was burned near Platteville. When the skid steer started sliding into the fire, Cullen got out of the machine, but became pinned under a wheel.

Officials say the skid loader became engulfed in flames, killing Cullen. He was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday night.