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Authorities have identified the Illinois man who died in a Rock County farm accident early Tuesday.

The Rock County Medical Examiner’s Department said Daniel L. DeRose Jr., 24, of Belvidere, Illinois, died at the scene.

Emergency responders were called shortly after 1 a.m. to a farm field in the 7500 block of North Fox Road for a report of a man who had been run over by a large piece of farm equipment, Rock County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Troy Egger said.

An initial investigation showed that a tractor was being driven by an 18-year-old man from Garden Prairie, Illinois, when  DeRose exited the tractor and apparently slipped on a muddy ladder, fell to the ground and was struck by a rear tire of the tractor.

The farm workers on the scene immediately called for emergency services and attempted CPR until the arrival of emergency personnel, Egger said.

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Preliminary autopsy results confirmed that DeRose died from injuries sustained in the accident.

The investigation is continuing, but no foul play is suspected, Egger said.

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