Man falls into grain feed mixer, dies at central Ohio farm

MECHANICSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a man died on his family farm in central Ohio after he fell into a grain feed mixer.

Madison County Sheriff Jim Sabin tells The Columbus Dispatch that 34-year-old Austin Ayars was found dead just after noon Sunday at the dairy farm near Mechanicsburg. Family members told investigators he had been feeding cattle several hours earlier.

Sabin says Ayars was adding hay to the mixer when he lost his balance and fell in. The machine is powered by a tractor and is supposed to be turned off when being fed hay or grain.

Sabin calls the incident an eye-opener for those who might become complacent operating heavy equipment.

Ayars had recently returned to Ohio after working as a veterinarian in Arizona. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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