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Death reported in tractor rollover

BALLICO -- Merced County Sheriff's investigators are reporting that one man is dead following a tractor rollover on the 12000 block of Lee Road.

According to the California Highway Patrol's Web site, the vehicle rolled off an embankment around 10:21 a.m. The victim has been identified as 73-year-old Ray Veldhuis, a local farmer, according to Tom MacKenzie, sheriff's spokesperson.

MacKenzie said Veldhuis was killed after he was driving the tractor along the embankment, when the right tire slipped off. The tractor then tumbled down the embankment. A man who was working with Veldhuis called 911. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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