Man killed after being pinned by lawnmower

HARDWICK, Mass. (AP) — Police say an 86-year-old man from Hardwick died when a lawnmower apparently rolled over and pinned him.

Chief James Ayotte says Joseph Bartoszek went out to mow his lawn with his new riding mower on Wednesday morning.

Ayotte says it appears as if it somehow got stuck, and when Bartoszek tried to pull it free using another mower, he became trapped.

He may have been stuck for several hours before his wife came out to check on him just after noon.

Police determined that he had died there.

They are still looking into the circumstances surrounding Bartoszek’s death.

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