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May 24, 2012

Amish teen dies in silo accident

INDIANA — The Indiana County Coroner's Office has confirmed the death of an Amish teen this morning as the result of an agricultural accident.

Coroner Mike Baker said 18 year-old Wollie Schlabach Jr. of Rummel Road, near Smicksburg, died of asphyxiation shortly after entering a silo on a farm in South Mahoning Township.

Baker said the victim and his 14-year-old brother went in at the top of a silo that had been filled Tuesday. The boys were attempting to level off the contents when the older brother began experienceing distress and called for assistance.

The Indiana County 911 Center received a call at about 8:24 a.m. and paramedics from Citizens' Ambulance Service and rescue personnel from the Plumville and Indiana volunteer fire departments responded.

While the younger brother was able to escape, Schlabach was quickly overcome by the lack of oxygen at the top of the silo and died before he could be rescued. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The coroner has ruled the death an accident and said no autopsy is planned. Toxicology tests are pending.

The Bauer-Bly Funeral Home in Dayton is assisting the Schlabach family with funeral preparations.

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