ASHTABULA, OHIO: Authorities in Northeast Ohio believe a farm worker who died over the weekend drowned in a manure storage lagoon after his tractor turned over.
The Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office says 41-year-old Santos Medina de Jesus drowned in the lagoon on a dairy farm Saturday after he was pinned by his overturned tractor.
The Ashtabula Star-Beacon reports that deputies who were called to the farm in Dorset Township found the tractor in the half-acre lagoon, which is about 4 feet deep. A firefighter who entered the lagoon, tethered by a rope, located de Jesus’ submerged body.
An autopsy is planned.
A report said de Jesus was in charge of removing manure from a barn and pushing it into the lagoon.