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Young child dead after farm accident in Yates County

Authorities say an 11-year-old was killed Sunday in a farm accident on Baldwin Road.

The Yates County Sheriff’s Office, Benton Fire Department, Penn Yan Ambulance, and Medic 55 were called to the scene around 9:15 p.m. for a reported farm accident.


Ervin Hoover, son of Ervin and Rosene Hoover of 2641 Baldwin Road, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff Ron Spike tells the Finger Lakes Times that the family was in a barn doing chores while the boy was cleaning out a grain silo.


He became entangled in the auger machinery, causing fatal injuries, according to Spike. “This is a real tragedy. He was in the barn with his dad and helped in this area previously, shoveling corn to the auger as feed for their livestock. When the corn gets low in the silo, it requires shoveling to the auger. They were getting ready for the arrival of new corn that week.”

The District Attorney’s Office, and Yates County Department of Social Services were both involved in the investigation. Spike says it appears to be an accident, but the investigation remains active.


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