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Two deaths were investigated in separate incidents Friday night by Indiana County Coroner Jerry L. Overman Jr.

The coroner’s first call was at 4:34 p.m. to Johnston Road in Washington Township.

There, Overman said, Leonard Mark Johnston, 57, died of multiple blunt trauma in a farming accident not far from Creekside.

The coroner said Johnston was mowing a field not far from his home on a Massey Ferguson 110 farm tractor with a GEHL FC72B Flail Chopper attached.

The coroner said it is believed that Johnston was attempting to adjust the discharge chute to a different angle when he had to reach over the driveshaft.

Overman said the jacket Johnston was wearing became entangled with the driveshaft. He said the adjusting crank for the discharge chute was found to be faulty which required Johnston to exit the tractor and manually move the chute.

The coroner said volunteer firefighters from Creekside assisted in extricating Johnston, who was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:18 p.m. State police from the Indiana station also were called to investigate.

The second incident was reported at 8:05 p.m. in a wooded area near the Red Barn Sportsmens Club along Six Flat Road in Center Township.

Overman said George Vincent Zayac Jr., 53, of Coral, was archery hunting near the club when he suddenly suffered what is believed to be a medical emergency. The coroner said Zayac was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:54 p.m.

He said cause and manner of death are pending investigation, but there was no evidence of a foul play or accident discovered at the scene.