Man Dies When Jeep Rolls into Nevada Mine Pit

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VIRGINIA CITY, Nev. (AP) - A man on a rock hunting excursion with his wife was killed when his Jeep rolled off a narrow trail into an abandoned mining pit in this historic mining town, authorities said.

Alvin Ellwood Baldwin, 63, of Occidental, Calif., was trying to maneuver the vehicle on a narrow trail above the Loring Pit when he lost control and rolled 500 feet into the pit, the Storey County sheriff's office said.

Baldwin was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday afternoon. Sheriff's Sgt. Kenneth Quirk said the man's wife had gotten out of the Jeep because the route was too treacherous.

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