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Police say Warsaw man died in farming accident


News Release from the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department:

A Warsaw man died Sunday evening while operating a skid-loader at his residence just south of Winona Lake.

Emergency personnel responded Sunday evening at approximately 6:48 p.m. to the location of 1657 East, County Road 225 South, Warsaw, after receiving a 9-1-1 call of a male subject trapped under a skid-loader.  Law enforcement officers and paramedics arrived and located John Bud Elliott, 65, crushed between hydraulic bucket arms and the bodywork of a 610 Bobcat skid-loader.  Kosciusko County Deputy Coroner Tony Ciriello arrived and pronounced Elliott dead from blunt force trauma to the chest.  Deputy Coroner Ciriello stated that it initially appears that Elliot had been possibly exiting the front of the skid-load, at which point his clothing got caught on the hydraulic operating lever and he was pinched between the machinery.  Elliot had originally left his residence at approximately 6 p.m. and had not returned for supper when his wife began to investigate and eventually locate him.  Ciriello stated that it was currently unknown what Elliot was preparing to use bucket ski-loader for initially.  The incident is currently under investigation, but is initially being listed as a farming accident by the Kosciusko County Coroner's Office.

Also assisting at the scene were members of the Warsaw/Wayne Township Fire Territory, Winona Lake Fire Department, Multi-Township E.M.S., Winona Lake Police Department and the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department.

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