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FARMER IS KILLED SIPHONING ACID; He chokes on chemical.

Byline: By Charlie Gall

A FARMER has choked to death after siphoning chemicals he was using to treat his crops.

Alexander Forbes, 49, asphyxiated after swallowing some of the acid-based fluid.

The father-of-two became unwell and died in an ambulance before reaching hospital.

The tragedy happened on Home Farm, at Keithhall, on the outskirts of Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.

It's understood the farmer had taken delivery of a large consignment of chemicals for treating his harvest of barley.

Mr Forbes was using a length of rubber tubing to start the siphoning process, before transferring the fluid to smaller containers.

It was shortly after he had siphoned some of the fluid that Mr Forbes suddenly fell ill.

His elderly father was working with him when the accident happened.

An ambulance was called to the farm but Mr Forbes died on his way to hospital.

It is thought he may have asphyxiated either through an allergic reaction or the internal effects of the substance on his throat.

Police inspector Dave Allen said yesterday: "A tragic accident occurred at the farm through a siphoning procedure involving hazardous chemicals.

"A police investigation has been carried out and established that there are no suspicious circumstances."

Mr Forbes' family were too distraught to talk about the tragic events.

His wife Lorraine was with her husband when he died in the ambulance.

The couple have a son Graeme, who was recently married, and a daughter Claire.

Neighbour Heather Bisset said: "Everyone is stunned by what has happened
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