VINITA - A 23-year-old Craig County man died early Wednesday morning after becoming pinned beneath his truck.

Christopher Lawrence Ahrens was found under a front tire of a 1984 Ford pickup shortly before 1 a.m. on Christmas Eve.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Ahrensí was traveling west at the intersection of 5th and Canadian streets just outside of Vinita city limits when, for an unknown reason, the pickup rolled backward down an embankment.

Authorities believe Ahrens attempted to drive back up the embankment several times. He apparently exited the vehicle and then fell under the truck.

The truck then rolled backward pinning Ahrens under the tire.