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By The Associated Press
Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, 11:15 a.m.

MADRID — Emergency services say a man has died after being crushed by grapes during the annual harvest in the central Spanish wine producing region of Castilla-La Mancha.

A local rescue service center said Friday the man was pulled out of a winery grape reception bay that he fell into the day before, just as a truck unloaded 5.5 tons (5 metric tons) of grapes ready for crushing into juice for winemaking.

Ambulance operators and firefighters tried to resuscitate the man - identified only by his initials, A.O. - but he was declared dead just before midnight Thursday.

With around 465,350 hectares (1,790 square miles) of vineyards, Castilla-La Mancha is considered to have more land dedicated to grape cultivation than any other region in the world.

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