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Farming accident apparent cause of man's death in Harpers Ferry

December 31, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION and ANDREW SCHOTZ | davem@herald-mail.com

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — Police believe a man working at a race horse farm off U.S. 340 may have been killed Monday morning when he was kicked in the head by a horse, according to Jefferson County Sheriff Robert E. “Bobby” Shirley.

Shirley said the 25-year-old man taught horses how to walk at the farm and he was using a piece of equipment to train horses when the incident occurred.

The man arrived at the farm before other workers, Shirley said.

The other workers arrived about 7 a.m., and after not seeing the victim for a while, they searched around and found him, Shirley said.

It appears the man also suffered a neck injury, Shirley said.

“There were no witnesses. We have nothing to go on other than the appearance of it,” Shirley said.

The death appears to be accidental but police will continue investigating the case, Shirley said.

The man’s body has been sent for an autopsy to determine the cause of death, Shirley said.

The farm is behind C.W. Shipley Elementary School, which is between Charles Town and Harpers Ferry, Shirley said.

Shirley said he did not know the victim’s name.

Donald Shirley, a medical examiner for Jefferson County, said the death appeared to be the result of a farm accident.

Donald Shirley said he was called to the scene shortly after 8 a.m. on Monday.

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