Farming

WATERFORD — A 35-year-old Corry man died on Saturday afternoon after he became pinned underneath a combine harvester he was working on.

The victim was identified as Nathan Capela. 

Pennsylvania State Police and Waterford's fire department, Stancliff Hose Co., responded to the scene of the farming accident in the 3000 block of Dublin Road in Waterford Township. 

Capela was pronounced dead by Erie County Chief Deputy Coroner Nick Rekitt at 12:23 p.m. on Saturday.

Rekitt ruled the cause of death as compressive asphyxiation due to the farming accident.

"They were working on the front of the combine trying to remove a corn head — the harvesting part of the front of the combine — and the hydraulic mechanism failed and pinned him beneath it," Rekitt said. 

A combine harvester, or just simply combine, is a large piece of farming equipment used to harvest crops. 

"The family was able to raise it prior to the fire department arriving, but he was entrapped for a length of time and by the time first responders got there, efforts were futile," Rekitt said. 

Capela was employed at the farm where the accident occurred. 

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