A farm worker was struck by a front-end loader on a Stearns County farm and killed in what authorities are saying was an accident.

John E. Schoenberg, 69, of Greenwald, Minn., was hit about 8:15 a.m. Wednesday on a farm in Zion Township, according to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

An ambulance took Schoenberg to a hospital in Paynesville, where he died.

The operator of the front-end loader, Victor Guevara Rojas, 39, of Albany, Minn., struck Schoenberg as he was “walking in an area near a silage pit not normally used by pedestrians, and Rojas was unable to see him,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Paul Walsh