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Lower Chanceford man dies after tractor accident

Christopher Dornblaser
505-5436/@YDDornblaser
  • A Lower Chanceford man died after a tractor accident, according to the coroner's office.
  • Elmer Sueck, 86, is the fourth person in York County to die in a tractor-related incident since April.

A Lower Chanceford Township man died five days after being involved in a tractor accident, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Elmer Sueck, 86, was pronounced dead at York Hospital on Wednesday morning; he was thrown from a tractor and into a creek Friday.

Sueck's death comes less than a month after a Chanceford Township man died after being pinned under a lawn mower. He is the fourth person in York County to die in a tractor-related incident since April.

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Sueck: The coroner's office said Sueck was operating a farm tractor about 2:30 p.m. Friday when he hit an embankment, which caused the tractor to roll over and throw Sueck into a creek.

He was taken by EMS to York Hospital, and despite medical intervention, Sueck's condition declined and he died Wednesday morning, according to the coroner's office. He was pronounced dead at 10:10 a.m.

His cause of death was a collapsed lung caused by his injuries, with the manner accidental.

There will not be an autopsy.

Coroner: Man found under mower drowned

Other deaths: Three other people have died in similar incidents in York County since April.

However, the county coroner said there's no pattern in the incidents.

"Generally, there's no pattern to this necessarily," Coroner Pam Gay said Wednesday. "These are just unrelated instances where people are out working on their yards or on their farms."

On May 20, James Howard, 48, of Chanceford Township, died after a riding lawn mower rolled onto him and pinned him.

Deputy Coroner Tania Zech was dispatched to the scene on the 2100 block of Delta Road  about 2 p.m. Howard was found unresponsive and could not be resuscitated, according to a release from the coroner's office.

Chanceford Twp. man killed in mower accident; third such recent death

Zech certified the cause of death as traumatic asphyxiation, and she ruled the death accidental.

Michael Kevin Gibson, 37, was found pinned under a lawn tractor in a creek May 14 in the 2700 block of New Bridgeville Road, also in Chanceford Township.

The York County Coroner's Office said he was found about 9:30 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy revealed his cause of death to be traumatic asphyxia and drowning, with the manner accidental.

On April 10, Timothy Stockslager, 54, was found in a pond on his property in Manheim Township, with a lawn tractor on top of him. He was pronounced dead April 12, according to the coroner's office.

An autopsy conducted at Lehigh Valley Hospital found that Stockslager's cause of death was drowning, with the manner accidental, the coroner's office said.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.