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Fatal Union County Fair Accident

A Somerset County woman is dead after a malfunction with a tractor during the Union County West End Fair in Laurelton Friday evening, state police say.

According to a press release, the 33-year-old woman was a spectator at the tractor-pull event at around 8:30 p.m. when the vehicle being driven malfunctioned.

Union County Coroner Dominick T. Adamo identified the woman as Brandy Horner.

State police said an exhaust wheel within a turbo housing of the tractor became dislodged and was ejected from its manifold.

The press release states that the exhaust wheel was then ejected from the metal covering of the tractor, with a piece of the wheel striking the victim in her neck.

According to state police, life-saving measures were performed by off-duty medical personnel as well as fire and EMS personnel who then arrived on scene.

Adamo said Horner was pronounced dead at 9:23 p.m. Friday at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewistown.

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