A man from Brazil taking part in an exchange program for young farmers died Saturday after he lost control of the pickup truck he was driving on a gravel road near Elgin, Neb.
Claudinei Ascoli, 27, was driving a 1995 Chevrolet pickup around 5:20 p.m. Saturday when he apparently lost control of the northbound truck and overcorrected, said Antelope County Sheriff Bob Moore.
The vehicle rolled into the east ditch. Ascoli, who was not wearing his seat belt, was killed. The accident occurred about 14 miles southwest of Elgin.
Since March, Ascoli had been working for Dave and Fran Baum, who own a feedlot, ranch and farm near Elgin. He was placed with the couple through the International Farmers Aid Association, a nonprofit group based in California that pairs young farmers from foreign countries with established American farmers and ranchers.
Fran Baum said Ascoli was an outgoing young man who had studied to be a priest before he changed his mind and decided he wanted to farm. He was a good worker and always cheerful, she said. The Baums had hosted several IFAA workers over the years, and they bonded with all of them.
“They're just like family to us,” she said.
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Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated what country the visiting farmer was from.