Malheur County Sheriff's Office

ONTARIO — A 42-year-old man died Tuesday night when he was pulled into a piece of farming machinery during harvesting operations.

According to Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe, dispatch received a call at about 10:35 p.m. about the accident.

Wolfe said that a man was behind a harvester when the operator inside the machine turned it on and “somehow it pulled the other subject into the harvester, where he died.”

The man’s name has not yet been released.

There will be no autopsy as there is no negligence or criminal intent associated with the accident, Wolfe said.

“They were just trying to get to harvest before it rains on these onions again,” Wolfe said.

This is the second farm fatality in the past month, with one happening just a couple weeks ago when a man died while installing drip lines, the sheriff said.

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