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Published: Thursday, 7/17/2008

Mower accident kills Michigan man

MAYBEE, Mich. - An 83-year-old London Township man was killed Tuesday when the lawn mower he was operating overturned in a ditch along Gramlich Road, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

A farmer driving a tractor sprayer found Ivan R. Homrich under the lawn mower in the ditch about 8:30 p.m., nearly four hours after family members began searching for him.

Deputies believe Mr. Homrich was mowing grass at the edge of a cornfield near Hoffman Road and tried to maneuver the lawn mower around a dirt mound.

The lawn mower went into the ditch, and Mr. Homrich apparently was struck in the head by the mower when it rolled. His legs were pinned under the mower, deputies said.

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