Heartland farmer dies in tractor fire


A rural Pella farmer has died as a result of a farm accident.

According to the Mahaska County Sheriff's Office, first responders were called to 1476 Eaton Avenue just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

When they arrived on scene, they found a tractor fire.

The operator of the tractor, Joshua Kyle Wooldridge, 33, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

An autopsy has been scheduled.

However, law enforcement believe that the death was accidental and no foul play was involved.

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