Riding mower overturns, kills cemetery worker

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TOWN OF NEWBURGH – A long-time worker at Cedar Hill Cemetery on Route 9W in the Middle Hope section of the Town of Newburgh was killed Tuesday afternoon when he became trapped under a large lawn machine.
Middle Hope firefighters responded and found Franklin Rose, 78, trapped under the roll bar of the lawn mower. He was unresponsive and taken to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Police Chief Michael Clancy said the preliminary investigation at the scene indicates Rose was mowing up and down a hillside when the mower turned sharply. Rose, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and the mower tipped over on top of him.
It is unknown if he suffered a medical event prior to the machine tipping over. The mower was impounded for further investigation.
The Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office was notified to assist and determine a probable cause of death.
OSHA will also be notified since this was a workplace incident.