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Pennsylvania horse farm owner and operator crushed by large hay bale

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A large hay bale caused the death of a 55-year-old woman on Tuesday, Dec. 31. According to York County Deputy Coroner Steve Cosey, Anne Bathon was working at a horse farm in Codorus Township when a bale toppled on her and crushed her chest. Bathon was rushed to York Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 20 minutes before 1 o’clock. An hour had barely passed since the accident at 11:30.

No autopsy will be conducted since police believe this was an accident. The Pennsylvania State Police have started an investigation into the accident.

The accident occurred at 3098 Buffalo Valley Road near Jefferson. Bathon owned and operated the farm there called Buffalo Springs Horse Farms.

Special-rescue units from York County were rushed to the farm. There they discovered Bathon trapped under a large hay bale. She was quickly extricated and transported to the hospital but died shortly thereafter.

Police remained at the accident scene for fact gathering and the start-up of the investigation. No details were released.

Buffalo Springs Horse Farms gives horseback riding lessons, trail rides, carriage rides and offers other equestrian services, as stated on the website.

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