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Child killed in harvest accident

Monday, October 25, 2004

Tragedy struck a Saline County farm family Sunday when a 10-year-old died after falling into a truck used for hauling grain.

Saline County Sheriff Wally George said the accident was reported around 6:30 p.m., with officers and emergency medical personnel being called to a farm located at Route D and County Road 146. Upon their arrival, they discovered six men in a large dump grain trailer still trying to rescue Travis D. Lunn of rural Slater.

George said the boy was found buried in the middle of the grain. Lunn was unresponsive when removed, he said.

Saline County emergency medical technicians and Marshall firefighters worked at the scene to artificially ventilate the boy. An ambulance took him to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, where he was pronounced dead by Dr. B.F. Knipschild, Saline County coroner. The cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation and suffocation.

George said the operator of the grain truck was preparing to unload soybeans from the truck into a nearby silo when a 4-year-old told him that Lunn had been sucked under. The children were seen playing on the trailer earlier, but not when the incident occurred, he said.

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