- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

POLK COUNTY, Ore. (AP) - Officials with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office say a 51-year-old man has died in a farming accident south of McMinnville.

Deputies were called just before 11 a.m. Friday after co-workers found Jose “Carmen” Olmedo-Zaragoza dead inside farming equipment used in harvesting hazelnuts.

Deputies said in a news release that Olmedo-Zaragoza had been operating a tractor that was hauling equipment with a moving auger inside. They say it appears the auger caught Olmedo-Zaragoza’s loose clothing and pulled him inside the equipment.

Preliminary indications suggest he died from positional asphyxia.

A final cause of death will be determined by the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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