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Man killed in farming accident in Montcalm County

Posted: 10:56 PM, Mar 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-11 22:57:33-04

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A man is dead after a farming accident in Montcalm County.

The Montcalm County Undersheriff says that Jacob Fruchey, 42, was killed while trying to auger holes in the frozen ground to relieve flooding near his barn. He says that appears Fruchey’s thick clothing got caught in the auger.

Fruchey was found by his wife at about 7:00 p.m. Emergency responders arrived at about 7:15 p.m. and found the tractor and auger still running.  Fruchey was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Undersheriff says that drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the incident.