Fatal accident

First responders investigate a fatality Tuesday in Twin Falls.


TWIN FALLS — A 40-year-old man died Tuesday when a piece of farm equipment fell from a jack, pinning him to the ground.

Police were called to the 900 block of Washington Street South at 11:19 a.m., Twin Falls Police Lt. Terry Thueson said.

When police arrived, they found Jose Jamie Tapia of Twin Falls dead under a large hay baler, Thueson said.

Tapia was working under the baler near the rear axle when the jack slipped, Twin Falls County Coroner Gene Turley said. The coroner’s office is sending Tapia’s body to Boise for an autopsy.

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Thueson said he didn’t know whether Tapia owned the equipment or was employed by the owner. The accident happened near the Family Dollar, on the west side of Washington, south of Orchard Drive West.

Tapia’s family has been notified, Turley said.


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