Man killed under bales of hay remembered

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PHOENIX - A bizarre accident in the far north Valley killed an employee at an equestrian center.

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Elderly man killed under bales of hay - azfamily.com's Marissa Wingate reports on a bizarre accident that left a 70-year-old man dead.

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It took nearly five hours for his co-workers to find his body. It happened at about 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

Police say David Yinger, 70, was working in a warehouse where there are several bales of hay stacked about 30 feet high. 3TV is told each bale weighs about 80 pounds. Police say several of them fell on the man.

People who board horses at the Pinnacle Peak Equestrian Center reacted to news that the foreman had died. The bales of hay either crushed or suffocated the victim.

Shelly Jamison, with Phoenix Fire, says, "He was a longtime family friend. This is a privately-owned ranch. This is a very tragic situation for the family. Clearly everybody is upset. They'd known him for years and years, they know his son and his wife. This is a very sad and unfortunate situation."

Investigators say Yinger had not been seen since about 10 a.m. They found him just after 3 p.m.

Investigators are still trying to figure out how it all happened.

The memorial for Yinger will take place on Tuesday, July 7 at Phoenix Memorial, located at 200 W. Beardsley Road on Tuesday between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and the funeral will take place the following day, July 8, at the same location at 10 a.m.