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Grand Rapids man dies in farm accident

David BossickMay 21, 2019

HART — Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast announced that a 64-year-old Grand Rapids man died Monday as the result of injuries suffered in a farming accident.

Mast stated in a release that Gary Mills of Grand Rapids died after a tractor flipped over.

The incident occurred in the 4600 block of South 44th Avenue in Benona Township at about 7:18 p.m. Monday.

“At the scene, deputies found a 64-year-old Grand Rapids man had been operating an older Oliver tractor on a family member’s farm,” Mast stated in the release. “It appeared he was attempting to expand a power take off shaft on a mower and had chained it to a tree and to the tractor in an attempt to pull it open.”

Assisting at the scene were the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police, Shelby-Benona Fire Department, Life EMS and the Oceana Sheriff’s Victim Services Unit.

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