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Town of Westford man killed in farming accident

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A Town of Westford man was killed Monday evening in a farming accident, the Otsego County Sheriff's Office said.

 Daniel J. Banks, 40, of 1675 County Highway 34, was pronounced dead at the scene from severe blunt force trauma to his upper body.

According to officials,  a call was received around 5:35 p.m. Monday evening from a Westford resident that there was an accident at a farm on County Route 34. Banks had attempted to free a frozen power take off on a corn chopper, when the PTO engaged and his clothes became wrapped around it. Banks was pulled into the moving PTO.

The Westford Fire Department, Schenevus Emergency Squad, Otsego County Sheriff's Office deputies and investigators and county coroner Michael Fox Jr. responded to the scene. Coordinators from the county's Office of Emergency Services assisted at the scene.

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