Thursday, December 12, 2013
FARMINGTON — A 55-year-old man was killed by a bull early this morning at Sandy River Farms in Farmington.
Ernest Bubar got pinned to the ground by the bull after he tried to herd the animal back to the farm by himself, according to a statement released by the farm’s owners.
Other farm workers got the bull away from Bubar, who was taken by ambulance to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, where he died from his injuries, the release states.
Bubar, who has worked at the family farm for 12 years, noticed the bull was in the wrong pasture. He tried to get the bull back by himself when it hit him and pinned him to the ground, the release states.
Bubar used his cell phone to call other workers in the dairy barn for help, and they managed to secure the bull. The workers helped paramedics move Bubar from the pasture to the ambulance, the release states.
L. Herbert “Bussie” York and his wife, Brenda, operate the 600-acre dairy and crop farm on Farmington Falls Road, according to the farm’s website.
Requests for more details on the death were referred to Erik Johnson, a manager at the farm.
Johnson, who is related to the Yorks, did not return three messages today left with farm employees, who said they did not have any details about Bubar.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Ernie was a devoted employee of our family farm for many years and will be missed by all,” the farm’s owners wrote in the statement.
Farmington police responded to the farm accident. Two messages left with the responding officer were not returned today.
David Robinson — 861-9287