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The coroner has identified the 3-year-old who died in a farming accident in Colerain Township | Local news

His obituary says the 3-year-old boy, Christian, who died in a farming accident last week, was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. He left behind his parents and four siblings.

Benjamin Blank, 3, son of John R. and Sadie F. Stoltzfoos Blank, died June 4 on his family farm at 200 Bell Road in Colerain Township after coming into contact with a ventilation machine in the barn that evening. When emergency services arrived, neighbors tried to help him.

Ventilation machines, usually fans, blow air through barns to remove moisture and provide fresh air.

The responding coroner stated that the boy died as a result of multiple organ injuries and considered the death to be an accident.

The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office released the boy’s name after LNP | on Monday LancasterOnline has filed a Right to Know request for information.

Lancaster County, the state’s leading agricultural producer, has had more agriculture-related deaths than any other county in the state. This was the first LNP death linked to a farm LancasterOnline has covered this year.

Since 2000, the county has seen between one and seven farm deaths per year, with children the most likely victims. Children aged 5 or younger account for more than half of the 24 farm deaths covered by the LNP since 2016; teenagers account for five other deaths.

In 2022, four people died in farm accidents, including two small children and a teenager. In 2023, two young children and one teenager, all Amish, died.