Friday, February 22, 2008
Gabriel Farias Jr. of Sunnyside was killed yesterday in a farm-related accident at Esport Fischer Orchards, near Sunnyside.
According to the Benton County Sheriff's office, which was called to the accident scene, Farias was setting an auger while digging a hole for a post in the orchard. His sleeve hooked on to a bolt, causing Farias to be entangled and drawn into the spinning shaft.
A co-worker turned off the tractor and with other orchard workers removed Farias from the shaft. The Benton County Coroner pronounced Farias dead at the scene from probable head and spinal injuries.