Police: Midstate man killed when riding mower rolls off trailer

Written by The Associated Press | May 22, 2017 12:49 AM

(Brogue) -- Authorities say a man was killed in York County when a riding lawn mower rolled off a trailer and pinned him to the ground.

State police say it appeared 48-year-old James Howard Jr. was loading the mower onto the trailer when the accident occurred in Chanceford Township just before 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Officers say the man was unresponsive when emergency crews arrived and couldn't be resuscitated.

He was pronounced dead at 2:45 p.m. Saturday.

Coroner Pam Gay said Howard died of traumatic asphyxiation and ruled the death an accident.

Authorities said it's the fourth recent death involving a lawn mower in the county.

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