A woman was killed in Upper Leacock Township on Monday when she was struck by a hay baler being pulled by mules.

Sylvia S. Lantz, 42, of 867 Musser School Road, died in the accident on her farm around 5:30 p.m., East Lampeter Township police Sgt. Marlene Leighty said.

"It appears she was struck by a wheel of the hay baler," Leighty said. "She was not pulled into the machine."

Lantz was not driving the baler but was working in the field, Leighty said.

The sergeant declined to say who was driving, adding only that "it was a farm accident" and that police were not investigating further.

There were several family members nearby who immediately realized Lantz had been struck and called for help, Leighty said.

Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni said that deputy coroners Jim Lingg and Eric Bieber responded. Lantz was pronounced dead at the scene.

No autopsy was conducted.

"She died of a traumatic brain injury," Diamantoni said. "The cause was accidental."

Twenty-six people died in farming accidents in Lancaster County from 2005 through 2011, according to the Penn State Agricultural Safety & Health program, and 145 people died in farm accidents in Pennsylvania during that period.

Lancaster County has more farms than any other county in the state.

For that reason alone, "there is more exposure to the hazards of agriculture in the county," Aaron Yoder, an agricultural engineering instructor at Penn State University, said.

Lantz was the wife of Emanuel Lantz and the daughter of Josiah and Anna Stoltzfoos Beiler of Christiana, according to her obituary in Wednesday's newspaper. She is survived by six children.

Lantz was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.


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