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A man died in an accident involving a tractor Sunday afternoon, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Marlyn Messersmith, 74, was operating a farm tractor on his property near the 200 block of Ranch Road in Jackson Township when he struck a tree and was trapped under the tractor, the coroner's office said.

According to a release from Northern Regional Police, Messersmith lost control of the tractor when he drove down a hill. The tractor had a trailer attached, according to the release.

He was pronounced dead at 3:20 p.m. Sunday.

The Northern Regional Police Department stated the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Messersmith's death was certified by Deputy Coroner Kayla Starner, who listed blunt-force chest trauma as the cause of death. There will be no autopsy.

This is the fourth such death in York County involving tractors since April. 

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Timothy Stockslager, 54, was pinned by a lawn tractor on April 10 on his property and died two days later.

Two men were killed within a week of each other in Chanceford Township in May. Michael Kevin Gibson, 37, died after being pinned by a lawn tractor in the 2100 block of Delta Road in Chanceford Township on May 14.

James Howard, 48, died May 20 in the 2700 block of New Bridgeville Road when he was pinned under a tractor.

In May, York County Coroner Pam Gay said the succession of incidents is not normal and that her office may need to educate the public on lawn mower safety.

 

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