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Woman killed in freak lawnmower accident in western Wisconsin

It happened in Trempealeau County, south of Osseo.

A western Wisconsin woman was killed when she was run over by a riding lawnmower.

The Trempealeau County Sheriff's Office said the incident happened at 11:55 a.m. on Wednesday in Township of Sumner, south of Osseo.

The victim, identified as 63-year-old Deanna Matchey, was operating a John Deere riding lawnmower on a hillside when it rolled on top of her.

She was pinned underneath, and died from her injuries. 

Responses to the sheriff's office announcement on Facebook identify Matchey as a former teacher and JV basketball coach.

The incident is under investigation by sheriff's authorities.

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Lawnmowers account for a significant amount of accidental deaths in the United States each year.

The Amputee Coalition claims that lawnmowers or small tractors cause 75 deaths and 20,000 injuries every year in the U.S.

An estimated 800 children are run over by riding mowers or tractors each year, it adds, of which around 600 require amputations.

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