Former Hamden justice killed on farm

By Haley Burton

Former Hamden justice killed on farm

July 14, 2014 Updated Jul 14, 2014 at 12:29 PM EDT

Hamden, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A Delaware County man died in a farming accident on Friday afternoon.

Duane Merrill, 68, of Hamden, died, according to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

After a 911 call, deputies responded to 2152 Chambers Hollow Road.

Merrill was baling hay when the tractor's seat detached causing him to fall backward onto the ground between the tractor and baler. He then became entagled in the machine and was killed.

Merrill was a well-known Hamden area farmer and former Town Justice, according to the sheriff's office.