Barlow area farm accident kills area man

MARIETTA – A fatality in Washington County was reported over the weekend.

A Stanleyville area man died at Marietta Memorial Hospital on Sunday afternoon from injuries received after a piece of tractor equipment he was repairing blew apart, according to Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.

Adam D. Biehl, 31, of 1585 Stanleyville Road, was working on a tractor at a farm on 1385 Fisher Ridge Road in Barlow Township around 3 p.m. Sunday when he sustained serious injuries after a tractor part fractured.

Mincks said Biehl and two other individuals had replaced a bad fuel injector pump on the tractor and were revving the engine to test the pump and a cast iron clutch housing that had been installed about a month ago.

While accelerating the engine the clutch housing blew apart, sending large chunks of metal in every direction, the sheriff said, noting one piece of metal shot up through the roof of the garage that housed the tractor, and other large metal pieces were blown 30 to 40 feet away from the machinery.

“Several pieces of the metal also struck the victim, which caused his injuries,” Mincks said. “The two other men with him were not injured.”

Biehl was rushed to the MMH emergency room by the Barlow Volunteer Rescue Squad, but died at the hospital around 5 p.m. Sunday as a result of his wounds.