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Elderly Union County man killed in heavy machinery incident

An 83-year-old Union County man suffered fatal injuries Wednesday after working with heavy machinery, police said.

Wilmeth Watson may have been trying to start the engine of a backhoe or bulldozer when he was hurt around 11:15 a.m off Highway 601, near Monroe, said Tony Underwood, spokesman for the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

Police released no further details.

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