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Maine man dies after being pinned underneath farm equipment

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office says a man died after being pinned underneath a piece of farm equipment in Norridgewock on Thursday. (Somerset County Sheriff’s Office)

NORRIDGEWOCK (WGME) -- The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office says a man died after being pinned underneath a piece of farm equipment in Norridgewock on Thursday.

Deputies were called to a home on Ward Hill Road and found 56-year-old Francis Smith pinned underneath a New Holland manure spreader.

Smith was working on repairing the equipment when the front tongue jack, which appears to have not been properly pinned in place, rotated and caused the spreader to fall on him, according to deputies.

The “Jaws of Life” were used to lift the equipment off of Smith.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies say they do not know exactly when the accident occurred, but family members who discovered the accident say they had not been able to get a hold of Smith since Monday.

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