Pedestrian killed by Oconto city front-end loader identified

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OCONTO, Wis. (WBAY) - A man killed by a city-owned front-end loader in Oconto was identified Wednesday as Ernest J. Boucher. He was 70 years old.

He was struck by a front-end loader with a snowblower attachment at about 2:35 Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators with the Wisconsin State Patrol say Boucher was walking east in the eastbound lane of Pecor Street -- which means his back was to traffic.

Police Chief Mike Rehberg tells Action 2 News the front-end loader was not involved in a snow-clearing operation at the time; it was headed back to the Department of Public Works when it hit the man.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating the crash since it involved a city-owned vehicle, the police chief said.