The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 27, 2012

3-year-old boy killed by tumbling 55-gallon drum

PORT TREVORTON — A Mount Pleasant Mills toddler died from injuries suffered in an accident Saturday at a farm in Port Trevorton.

Brendan Lamar Martin, 3, son of Kevin L. and Regina M. Martin, died of blunt force trauma to the head and chest after a 55-gallon drum of liquid fertilizer fell on him, according to Bill Pheasant, Snyder County chief deputy coroner.

Brendan was pronounced dead at the farm along Locust Grove Road, near Meiserville, Pheasant said. The farm is owned by family members, but Pheasant said he was not sure of the relationship.

The accident occurred at about 9:10 a.m. Pheasant said Brandon had been sitting on the barrel, which was resting on its side and was on a wooden skid in front of some shelving.

A person nearby was maneuvering two work horses, and the yoke on one horse bumped the shelving, pushing it into the barrel, which then rolled off its skid. Brandon fell off the barrel, which then landed on top of him.

Emergency personnel from the Reliance Hose Company, Middleburg, responded first, Pheasant said, and he was called to the scene at about 9:40 a.m.

State police at Selinsgrove also responded, but determined the death was accidental and conducted no investigation. A trooper at the Selinsgrove barracks said it’s standard procedure for police to be called to accidents involving victims younger than 18.

The Martin family attends Stauffer Old Order Mennonite Church, Port Trevorton.

The funeral and other services will be held Wednesday.

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