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Burt – Authorities say an 82-year-old man has died after being run over by a tractor he was working on and dragged for 400 to 500 yards.

Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel tells The Saginaw News that Matthew P. Marzluft was pronounced dead at the scene of Sunday’s accident in the Burt area, about 70 miles northwest of Detroit.

Federspiel says Marzluft was working on a tractor in a barn when it started and kicked into gear. He was run over and caught between a tire and an axle. Investigators say the tractor then smashed through the wall of the barn. Marzluft’s son was working in a nearby field, stopped the machine and found his father.

Federspiel says it was a “terrible scene.”

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