Boy, 14, killed in Leacock Township farm accident

Emergency responders work at a farm rescue in Leacock Township Friday morning. (Kirk Neidermyer)

A 14-year-old boy was killed when he became pinned under a piece of farm equipment in Leacock Township Friday morning, a fire official said.

He was identified as Henry G. Lapp by Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Steve Diamantoni.

Lapp had been operating a disc pulled by three or four mules at a farm in the 300 block of Centerville Road when the accident occurred, Intercourse Fire Company Chief Steve Diener said.

For an unknown reason, Lapp fell from the rig's platform and slipped underneath the series of discs, Diamantoni said. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a deputy county coroner. The teen died of "mechanical asphyxia," and his death has been ruled accidental, the coroner said.

Family members and a neighbor got the disc off Lapp before emergency responders arrived on the 10:58 a.m. farm rescue call, Diener said. The mules stopped when the teen went under the disc, he said.

Lapp was working alone at the time, and the accident may not have been discovered for 15 or 20 minutes, Diener said.

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