Accident kills Indiana dairy worker

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One man is dead following an accident involving a payloader on a dairy farm in Benton County, Ind.

According to WLFI 18, authorities in northwestern Indiana have identified the victim as Manuel Lino Mejia-Lamas, a 36-year-old worker at the Seven Hills Dairy near Goodland, Ind. 

The accident occurred Wednesday evening when the bucket of a payloader operated by a fellow farm employee reportedly fell on Mejia-Lamas.

Emergency personnel were quickly called, but unable to save Mejia-Lamas. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The case is currently under investigation by the Benton County Coroner, the Benton County Sheriff's Office, and the Benton County Prosecutor.

Mejia-Lamas’s death marks the second blow to hit the Seven Hills Dairy Farm in the past few weeks. Earlier this month, a hay shed at the dairy caught fire, destroying 500 bales of hay.  

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Dr. Mauck    
Sullivan, IL  |  July, 02, 2012 at 09:26 AM

I hardly think losing 500 bales of hay compares to a worker being killed.

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