Pella tractor driver dies in farming accident

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A Pella man has died as the result of a farming accident, according to the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office. 

Around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office, New Sharon Fire Department and Pella Fire and Rescue were dispatched to 1476 East Avenue in rural Pella regarding a farm tractor fire. 

It was discovered that 33-year-old Joshua Kyle Wooldridge, the tractor operator, was deceased. 

“The preliminary investigation in this death indicated that it was a result of a farming accident and no foul play is suspected,” the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. 

An autopsy on Wooldridge’s body is scheduled Thursday at the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office.

The incident is being handled as an ongoing investigation. 

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