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A Gilbert man was crushed and killed by a tractor just south of the Elgin community in Pleasant Hill on Friday afternoon, May 17.
James Paul Staehr, 72, died in the accident in the 3600 block of Kershaw Camden Highway at about 2 p.m., said Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris. The accident scene is near the Pleasant Hill area.
Morris did not release Staehr’s name until Saturday when his family had been notified.
The accident happened minutes after Staehr had finished plowing a field located off the road and in a pasture.
Morris said Staehr was loading a tractor and plow onto a trailer when it tipped over.
“He had a truck with a tractor trailer hitched to it and had just finished doing some plowing,” Morris said. “He got up on it (the trailer) and I don’t know if a part of the plow got caught on the tip of the trailer or if there was too much weight, but he slipped over the left side.”
Staehr died after the tractor rolled on top of him and pinned him underneath, Morris said. He was pronounced dead at the scene and Morris said a preliminary cause of death is asphyxiation.
Further details about the accident were not available Saturday morning.
Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416