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Man identified in Springfield farming death

SPRINGFIELD--Police have identified the man killed Tuesday in a farming accident near Springfield. Grant McCann, 35, of Springfield, was operating a sprayer around 10:30 a.m. on Apple Tree Road in the Springfield area when a boom on the equipment...

SPRINGFIELD-Police have identified the man killed Tuesday in a farming accident near Springfield.

Grant McCann, 35, of Springfield, was operating a sprayer around 10:30 a.m. on Apple Tree Road in the Springfield area when a boom on the equipment got tangled with an overhead power line, said Bon Homme County Sheriff Lenny Gramkow. McCann attempted to exit the tractor and was electrocuted. McCann died on scene.

Gramkow said McCann was alone at the time of the accident.

"It serves as a grim reminder to farmers they need to exercise caution when operating large machinery," Gramkow said Wednesday. "The machinery is getting bigger and the power lines aren't getting any higher."

Power in the area went out for "a short time," Gramkow said, and was restored quickly.

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Other responding agencies were the Springfield Ambulance, Springfield Fire Department and Bon Homme-Yankton Electric Company, out of Tabor.

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