Fall is a dangerous time of year when you’re a farmer. There is a lot of heavy machinery going at once which means there are more ways things can go wrong.

And sometimes accidents do happen, and when they do it’s never easy to unexpectedly lose someone, especially when they are young.

Unfortunately, the Farley community is mourning one of its own after when a young farmer passed away in a farming accident over the weekend.

Just before 9:30 pm Saturday night, the Dubuque County Sheriff’s office received a call about a farming accident on Dyersville East Road, just north of Farley.

The accident happened as workers were unhooking a silage wagon. The wagon started rolling backward, and according to an article in KMCH, this is when 25-year-old Austin Gaul was caught under the wheels of the wagon, running him over.

Officials on the scene then transported Gaul to Mercy Hospital where he was then pronounced dead from his injuries.

Dyersville Police, Farley Ambulance, and Epworth Ambulance also assisted at the scene.

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It hasn’t been a good weekend in Iowa.

Two other families have also lost loved ones over the weekend from motor accidents.

Luke Helton, a 45-year-old man from Leon was traveling southbound on 253rd avenue on Sunday afternoon when he became unconscious. According to the crash report by Iowa State Patrol, Helton became unconscious due to an unknown medical condition.

Because he was unconscious, Helton ran his pickup off the road, through a fence, and into a nearby farm pond.

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