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Man dies when farm equipment makes contact with power line

Two men were shocked when farm equipment came into contact with overhead power lines in Murray County on Wednesday, the Murray County Sheriff’s Office said. One of the two victims was pronounced dead after he arrived at Murray County Medical Center, the Sheriff’s Office said.

At 11:04 a.m Wednesday, Murray County dispatch received a call about farm equipment that had come into contact with electrical lines in Belfast Township, a news release said. The caller said they had been shocked, and that a second victim had also been shocked by the equipment that contacted the power lines.

When responders arrived, it was determined that the scene around the farm equipment was not safe to approach, the Sheriff’s Office said. A deputy was able to drive into the field and get one victim, who was determined to be a safe distance from the farm equipment.

The first victim was transported to Murray County Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. The Sheriff’s Office said his condition was not known at the time of the news release.

Nobles Cooperative electrical workers arrived on scene and were able to de-energize the electrical lines, the Sheriff’s Office said. Emergency responders transported the second victim to Murray County Medical Center. However, the victim was pronounced dead after his arrival at the hospital.

In a news release, the Sheriff’s Office identified the two victims in the accident as Paul Kirchner and Kevin Boots. However, the release did not specify the identity of the man who died.

The Fulda Fire Department, Fulda Ambulance, Murray County Ambulance and Nobles Cooperative Electric all responded at the accident scene.

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