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Man Found Dead Under Lawn Mower in Indiana

Man Found Dead Under Lawn Mower in Indiana

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By    |   Monday, 21 May 2018 01:01 PM

An Indiana man was found dead under an overturned riding lawn mower early Sunday on his property in Porter Township, southwest of Valparaiso, according to the Times of Northwest Indiana.

Thomas Wilkening, 49, was pronounced dead at 12:50 a.m. at the scene near County Road 450 South, the newspaper said. He was last seen at 9 p.m. Saturday mowing grass around the pond near the rear of his property, Porter County coroner Chuck Harris told the Times.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Wilkening's family was home at the time but out of his sight while mowing. The family started looking for him three hours later when they noticed that the barn's light was still on, the Sun-Times continued.

Harris told the Times that the family found Wilkening at the base of a culvert with the zero-turn radius Husqvarna mower on top of him. The newspaper said that the Porter County Sheriff’s Department and other rescue agencies were investigating the incident.

The University of Missouri reported in 2007 that more than 75,000 Americans are injured in lawn mowing accidents, and 10,000 of them are children. Each year, more than 75 people die in lawn mower accidents, the university added in a statement.

Penn State University reported last year that in 2015, lawn mowers were responsible for sending more than 68,000 adults and about 13,000 children to emergency rooms around the country.

"We need to remind people that these are dangerous machines, and the consequences are devastating," Mariano Garay, a student at the Penn State College of Medicine then, said in a statement from the college.

Penn State cited a 12-year study of 199 patients ages 18 and younger from 2002 through 2013 that found that more than half of those who were admitted to a hospital with injuries from lawn mowers ended up having an amputation of some sort — usually in the lower extremities.

Media reports did not describe the nature of Wilkening's injury.

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