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10-25-2006, 11:33 AM
Elderly man killed after tractor accident (New York)
An 82-year-old Schroeppel man was killed yesterday when a tractor fell on him.
Oswego County Sheriff's deputies say Albert Webber was working on property when the tractor tipped over, pinning him underneath.
The accident happened just before four at Webber's farm on County Route 57.
No word on what may have caused the tractor to tip over.
10-25-2006, 11:36 AM
Man Dies When Construction Equipment Overturns
9:55 PM EDT, October 24, 2006
HADDAM, Conn. -- A construction worker was killed this afternoon when a landscaping tractor he was operating overturned, police said.
The man was operating a Bobcat tractor on an incline when the accident occurred about 4 p.m. He was part of a crew working on a home in the Haddam Neck section of town.
His name has not been released. State police are investigating.
10-25-2006, 11:37 AM
Man killed in tractor accident: East Parry Sound District Canada
ARMOUR: An accident in Armour township resulted in the death of a 69-year-old local man on Sunday, October 15.
At about 2:30 p.m., John Mayhew was operating a tractor on his Pevensey Road property when the vehicle accidentally rolled over an embankment.
Almaguin Highlands OPP responded, along with Burk’s Falls firefighters and a representative of the coroner’s office.
The investigation is continuing under the direction of constable Rosemary Coffey, in conjuntion with the coroner’s office.
10-25-2006, 11:40 AM
Boy still hospitalized after mowing accident
Sunday, October 22, 2006 Clark County, Washington
A Battle Ground-area 7-year-old remained in critical condition Saturday night after a mowing accident Friday.
Colton R. Tanninen was flown to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland on Friday after he was struck in the head with a rock thrown from a mower.
Sheriff's Sgt. Peg Prather said paramedics were called to 10020 N.E. 246th Circle, in the Daybreak neighborhood, shortly after 4 p.m. Friday. Prather said a family member had been using a field mower pulled behind a tractor when the machine struck and threw a rock.
10-25-2006, 11:42 AM
Farmer sentenced for son's death
Court orders Amish father to teach farm safety.
By Janet Kelley And Cindy Stauffer
Lancaster New Era
Published: Oct 24, 2006 1:56 PM EST
LANCASTER COUNTY, PA - An Amish man, whose son was killed in a farming accident last March, was ordered today in court to teach others about farm safety.
Enos King, standing before Judge Joseph Madenspacher in a dark suit, green shirt, his straw hat in his hands, spoke only to acknowledge that he understood the sentence today.
King, 54, of Horseshoe Road, was accepted into Lancaster County Court’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program.
His record will be cleared if he successfully completes the program, which includes a one-year probation, a $150 fine and costs, and completion of 50 hours of community service, instructing the farming community on farm safety with a special emphasis on the safety of children.
“This was a tragedy,’’ Judge Joseph Madenspacher told King. “You have my condolences. Perhaps something good can come out of this.’’
King, accompanied by his wife, Sarah, declined to talk to reporters after the sentencing.
Defense attorney Douglas Cody said his client asked him to thank the Amish and non-Amish community for the overwhelming support he’s received during the difficult months since his son’s death.
Assistant District Attorney Jeff Conrad said the purpose of the sentence was never to punish King, because he’s already been punished by what happened, but to help the farming community.
King, 54, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment in the accidental death of his 8-year-old son, Daniel, at the family’s farm.
King asked his son to climb into a tractor-powered feed grinder and help close a small window that had opened, and he stopped the operation of the machine.
The boy climbed inside the machine to close the window. King then forgot the boy was there and turned on the machine, killing him.
The resulting criminal charges upset King’s friends and neighbors in East Lampeter Township, who said the charges just added to the troubles of the already grieving family.
The charges followed an $11,660 federal government fine of a Pequea Township Amish farmer, whose 13-year-old nephew was killed in a farming accident in the summer of 2005. Government officials said the farmer violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by allowing his nephew to operate a hay conditioner, which hit a hole, threw the teen to the ground and then ran over him.
Local farming families and their advocates said such actions threaten the farming lifestyle that is particularly followed by Amish families, whose children participate in the sometimes dangerous work of a farm.
However, District Attorney Donald Totaro said the charges were appropriate because King placed his son in a very dangerous spot inside the grinder.
The court proceeding was delayed after King was critically injured in August when he was struck by a car while driving horse-drawn farm equipment in the 2000 block of Horseshoe Road.
He underwent emergency surgery for a head injury and damage to his organs.
10-25-2006, 11:43 AM
Jury deadlocks, judge declares mistrial in fatal hunting accident
ST. ALBANS, Vt. -- A judge declared a mistrial Friday after a jury deadlocked in the case of a 19-year-old deer hunter who fatally shot a farmer as he sat in his tractor.
The jury deliberated unsuccessfully for nine hours before telling Vermont District Judge Ben Joseph it could not reach a verdict on the involuntary manslaughter charge against 19-year-old Collin Viens.
Viens, 19, of Georgia, was charged in the Nov. 23, 2005 death of Rejean Lussier, 60.
Prosecutors said Viens was responsible for Lussier's death by failing to follow safe hunting practices when he placed his finger on the trigger, removed the safety lock and aimed at something other than a deer.
The defense said Viens was an inexperienced hunter who didn't intentionally aim his gun at the tractor.
The seven-woman, five-man jury, which began deliberating just after 12 noon Friday, emerged twice to ask questions about the legal definition of criminal negligence and other terms. But when the forewoman told Joseph just after 9 p.m. that they still couldn't reach a verdict, he asked if there was any reason for them to continue. She said no.
Lussier's widow, Bonnie Lussier, left the courthouse in tears alongside one of the couple's daughters. She made no comments.
"There's no closure," said Casey O'Brien, Russier's son-in-law. "We're still without a relative. We're still without punishment."
Viens, who sobbed at the defense table as the judge instructed the jury before deliberations, showed no emotion when Joseph announced the mistrial.
"I'm obviously disappointed we didn't reach a verdict," said Franklin County State's Attorney Jim Hughes. "Both sides really wanted this matter to be done today. But it just didn't happen."
He said the state has 30 days to decide whether to seek to try Viens again.
Viens, who didn't take the stand in the trial, initially said he shot a coyote, but he later broke down and told police what had happened.
"Essentially he was playing with his gun, took it off safety, put his finger on the trigger, was swinging around looking through the scope, as he put it, when the tractor was in his scope the gun went off," Hughes said earlier Friday.
10-25-2006, 11:49 AM
One year after a tragedy
CIVIL COURT: Family sues pumpkin patch, owners say they weren't at fault
BY MARC CHASE
This story ran on nwitimes.com on Wednesday, October 25, 2006 12:33 AM CDT
Norman Harris says he lives daily with the memory of a 16-year-old's death on his Lowell farm and seasonal pumpkin patch last year, but was not at fault.
The parents of Travis Duncan, of Hebron, however, disagree and have filed a lawsuit against Harris in Lake County civil court.
The Duncans are seeking unspecified damages for the alleged wrongful death of their son. Their lawsuit contends the business operators were negligent in organizing and supervising hayrides, specifically by encouraging seasonal workers -- including Travis Duncan -- to come "in dangerous proximity" to a moving hayride in order to scare riders.
Travis' father, Gerald Duncan, declined comment Tuesday when contacted by The Times, saying the case remains in litigation.
Norman Harris and his wife, Cindy Harris, who together run the farm and the seasonal Norm's Pumpkin Patch, contend the boy's death was an unfortunate accident.
In legal paperwork, the Harrises specifically deny the lawsuit's allegations, arguing they were not negligent. They contend any claims should be brought under the state workers' compensation law and that the family already has been compensated for medical bills.
Lake Superior Court Judge John Pera has been appointed special judge on the case. Both sides have agreed to give an arbitrator until next spring to try to handle the case out of court, documents indicate.
The Harris couple says Travis Duncan, an employee of Norm's Pumpkin Patch last year, was running to get into position to greet haunted hayride participants when he slipped and hit his head on a stationary tractor, causing injuries that led to his death. Norman Harris said he was driving the tractor just prior to the incident -- with a farm trailer full of hayride participants.
An Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration probe of the incident yielded no safety violations on the part of the pumpkin patch.
"In all of our 19 years, we have only had the one accident," Cindy Harris said. "We're very safe here."
But a report from the Cook County medical examiner's office, which performed the autopsy after Duncan was pronounced dead at Loyola University Medical Center, said the youth died from head injuries after being struck by the tractor.
Cindy Harris said the incident still plagues the business. The pumpkin patch, in operation for 19 years, used to see 30 to 40 visitors daily in the weeks before Halloween, but now is down to two or three visitors daily, she said.
10-25-2006, 11:52 AM
Truck driver dies after soybean accident
By Jeff Dankert | Winona Daily News
A Witoka man died Thursday morning in a Rochester hospital after a soybean hopper collapsed on his truck Wednesday near Altura.
Leroy Robert Bronk, 41, was inside the cab of a tractor-trailer loading soybeans from an overhead grain silo when the silo collapsed, landing on top of the cab.
Bronk died at 5 a.m. at St. Marys Hospital.
The accident occurred at Brian Moran Pioneer Products off County Road 31, four miles north of Altura.
Rescuers cut the cab open to remove Bronk, who was buried in grain for perhaps 15 minutes, Brand said. Altura Ambulance and firefighters revived Bronk at the scene and a helicopter took him to Rochester.
The Kenworth truck belonged to Nahrgang Harvesting Service of Altura.
Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Houston, Minn.
10-25-2006, 11:59 AM
Injured on the farm
By Repps Hudson
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
NEW LONDON, MO. — In April 2005, Andy Leake was repairing a tractor when he slipped and fell flat on his back on a concrete slab.
Two days later, when he leaned over to pick up a 50-pound bag of seed corn, his life changed.
Although Leake, 36, had been injured earlier on the farm — at 18, his overalls snagged in a moving tractor wheel — last year he joined the ranks of men, women and children who farm despite sometimes crippling disabilities.
"I was in agonizing pain. It was terrible," said Leake, who uses a powered wheelchair as he runs a family farm of 2,800 acres in Ralls County, about 100 miles northwest of St. Louis. "I had pain across my chest. It was like a belt, all the way around." Advertisement
Tests at a hospital in Columbia, Mo., showed that Leake had broken several thoracic vertebrae. In surgery, doctors fused six. Leake also has diabetes and requires daily insulin shots.
During the corn and soybean harvests, Leake likes to operate a combine, although he must use a skid loader to elevate him to the machine's cab and lower him to the ground.
"Basically, I'm proving I can do it," Leake said, echoing the can-do attitude common among disabled farmers, regardless of their injuries. "I could stay in the house doing my book work, but to keep my sanity, I've got to run some machinery."
Farming is the most dangerous profession in America on a per-capita basis, according to federal data. The Missouri Department of Agriculture says on its website that more than 700 farmers and ranchers die each year in farm accidents nationwide. Neither Missouri nor Illinois has current accident figures.
Unlike the two other most-dangerous occupations, mining and construction, farming is virtually unregulated. Most farmers are independent businessmen and women who reject what they view as the "nanny" role of government.
"I just want to make it on my own," said Barkley Pritchett, 52, also from Ralls County. Years ago, he crushed several vertebrae when he fell from a hay wagon. Six months later, he was back on a combine.
Recently, he was working alone, cutting trees with a chain saw, when an 8-inch branch hit him in the right hip, then slid down his leg, breaking his knee and ankle.
"It was kinda tough," said Pritchett, who has returned to farming full time using a leg brace. After the limb hit his leg, he crawled to an all-terrain vehicle, then went to his pickup and drove himself home. His wife took him to the hospital in Hannibal, Mo., about 20 miles away.
Fewer than 2 million people nationwide are involved in agriculture, raising and harvesting crops and caring for livestock. Farmers and farm workers operate dangerous equipment, often alone and in remote areas far from hospitals or emergency aid. Many implements are big, quick and dangerous. Sleeves, shirttails and pant cuffs can get caught in the moving parts and pull a farmer into the deadly machinery.
Farmers may take risks
Farmers sometimes take unnecessary risks as they try to save time and get work done while outdoor conditions are favorable.
For instance, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, an average of 110 farm workers nationwide were killed each year between 1992 and 2000 in tractor rollovers, even though manufacturers equip their new machines with roll bars and seat belts. Older tractors may lack seat belts, but even on the newer equipment many farmers will not use them, safety experts say.
"Over 60 percent of the tractors in Missouri do not have rollover protective structures," said David Baker, assistant dean of University of Missouri's Extension Service and an expert on the dangers of farming. "We don't put a value on the person in the seat. We put a value on the hardware."
Furthermore, in the United States, "We typically don't regulate family labor," Baker said.
However, said Karen Funkenbusch, rural safety and health expert with University of Missouri Extension, the way to change the sometimes-careless habits of farmers is to convince them that they could incur huge costs if they are injured.
Funkenbusch often speaks to groups about working safely on the farm. "I sell it to them in business terms," she said. "If they do not take care of their health and safety, if they get hurt, who will help them put out their crops? Who will help them with their dairy cows? Who will help them run their farm, their business?"
Funkenbusch believes all the education efforts to make farmers and their families aware of the dangers haven't made farming much safer.
"We keep doing it, but people are not changing their behavior," Funkenbusch said. After years in farm-safety education, she thinks government should regulate farm safety, just as it does aspects of other businesses.
"The equipment is engineered to be good. It's the people who take off the guards" covering belts, chains and other fast-moving parts, she said, noting that some farmers follow the same principle as drivers who disable air bags or refuse to use seat belts.
"We'll regulate a mine, or where you work, construction sites," she said. "But, 'Don't come out on my farm.' Why don't we regulate agriculture as a business?" She noted also that, "We don't have a standard way to collect information on agricultural health and safety."
A hand from AgrAbility
When Leake was recovering from his fall and the subsequent surgery, he was referred to Brad Marsh of Columbia, Mo., a coordinator who works with the AgrAbility Project, a 16-year-old federal program that helps injured farmers get back to work.
With Marsh's help, Leake was able to get a Kubota ATV that helps him get around his farm and to install automatic doors on his grain truck that he could control from the cab.
Leake estimated that his hospital and recovery bills totaled $100,000, but AgrAbility helped only with devices to help him return to farming. He said he paid the health costs himself.
Marsh said farmers, as independent businesspeople, aren't getting special treatment from AgrAbility. Other high-risk professions have vocational-rehabilitation programs, while anyone connected to agriculture who becomes disabled, regardless of the cause, can tap into AgrAbility staff expertise and funds.
"My job is to assist people who want to keep working in agriculture," Marsh said. "We want to help them in their homes and in their communities."
One such injured farm worker is Darrell Fick, 33, a heavy-equipment operator whose family owns and farms about 2,400 acres in St. Louis and Montgomery counties. A pickup accident left Fick paralyzed below the mid-chest.
Before Fick was injured, he drove tractors, combines and other equipment with his three brothers. Today, thanks to help from AgrAbility, he can drive a specially equipped Ford F-350 flatbed pickup to a construction site, where he uses an electric-powered lift to move himself into the cab of a piece of heavy equipment. Ten days ago, he was running an excavator at a cement plant in Wildwood.
"I am back at work because of the help from friends and family," Fick said. "I'm lucky to be working. My employer told me he'd take me back. He said he didn't think there'd be any major issues."
Getting back to work
That ability to return to work is the key goal of AgrAbility and the state's vocational-rehab program, said Sadye Gartland, who worked with Fick to help him get the lift on his truck, a wheelchair and modifications to his car so he could return to work.
Gartland said injured workers who want to be productive again are a gain for the state, which may have spent many thousands of dollars equipping their homes and job sites. "If they're paying taxes, they're getting back into the system," she said. "The long-term benefits outweigh the costs."
Gartland knows of only one company that makes custom equipment for disabled farmers. That is Life Essentials, a husband-and-wife-owned operation in Brookston, Ind. Hubert Von Holten, 68, paralyzed by polio when he was 5, and Kathy Smith cater to injured people with farm ties like Fick. Sometimes they will custom-make a lift for a truck at their company headquarters, as they did for Fick.
Sometimes they go to a farm to design and make the equipment to lift a farmer into his tractor or combine. "Most farmers, if they are motivated, you give them the tools to work and they'll do it," said Von Holten.
"And their wives, they get a big smile on their face when they see (their husbands) can be back out in the barnyard. He's not going to be around the house anymore."
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10-25-2006, 12:07 PM
Teenager in Hospital After Tractor Accident Iowa
A Grundy County teenager is in the hospital after his tractor rolled into a ditch. It happened just after 10am Sunday at the intersections of 160th Street and J Avenue in Grundy County.
According to the sheriff, 18-year-old Kyle Plaehn of Lincoln was pulling an auger with a John Deere tractor when he went into the ditch trying to make a turn.
He was pinned underneath the tractor.
Plaehn was airlifted to Covenant Hospital in Waterloo.
There's no word on his condition.
10-25-2006, 12:14 PM
Garden tractor tips, kills driver in Port Washington
(Published Monday, October 16, 2006 10:21:58 AM CDT)
PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. - A man cutting the lawn while riding a large garden tractor was killed Sunday when the vehicle tipped over, tumbled down an embankment and rolled onto him, authorities said.
The accident was reported at 1:27 p.m. as the man was using the tractor with a rear mower deck to cut the lawn on the embankment in the town of Port Washington, the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department said.
Robert Welton, 68, of the town of Port Washington was unresponsive after sheriff's Sgt. Brian Glocke and citizens lifted the 2,300-pound tractor slightly and pulled him out from under it, the sheriff's department said.
Welton was taken by ambulance to Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee where he was pronounced dead.
10-25-2006, 12:26 PM
Tractor Fatally Runs Over Man Near Temecula
TEMECULA, Calif. A man died Saturday after being run over by a tractor near Temecula, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
The accident was reported at 10:30 a.m. in the 3900 block of Calle Breve in the community of Sage, just east of Temecula, fire spokesman Patrick Chandler said.
The man died at the scene.
10-25-2006, 12:28 PM
Death crash cyclist was listening to stereo
A teenage cyclist was crushed under the wheels of a tractor as he listened to his personal stereo, an inquest was told.
Bradley Dargavel, 14, from Garstang Road, Barton, was travelling towards Broughton crossroads on his BMX bike to meet his friends when the accident happened on June 14.
Preston Coroner's Court heard how the Broughton Business and Enterprise College pupil did not look where he was going before trying to cross the busy A6.
Tractor driver Ian Pye had turned right from Whittingham Lane and was on the A6 travelling towards Garstang. He did not have time to stop before colliding with the youngster, who was not wearing a helmet.
Bradley was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital suffering from fractures to his skull, arms and legs and from internal injuries. He never regained consciousness.
Leroy Lee told the court that he saw the teenager ride in front of his Vauxhall Vectra seconds before he was crushed by the tractor, which was also pulling a trailer. He said: "I saw him in my mirror then he came in front of me and started across the road. I thought he saw the tractor too late and he tried to get away."
Accident investigator PC Richard Roberts said: "The driver wasn't in a position to avoid this collision. Bradley was wearing a pair of earphones and was listening to a personal stereo, which may have contributed to the accident."
Assistant deputy coroner Carolyn Singleton recorded a verdict of accidental death.
Outside court Bradley's mother Debbie, 38, who works for supermarket firm Booths, said she did not blame Mr Pye for her son's death.
She said: "It's just been a terrible tragic accident."
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10-25-2006, 12:29 PM
Hay ride accident
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A 7-year-old boy was flown to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh after an accident Friday night in North Sewickley Township.
The boy was injured when he fell from a trailer during a hay ride and was run over by a wheel of the tractor, according to WPXI-TV.
No further information was available. North Sewickley police did not return calls to The Times on Saturday.
10-25-2006, 12:31 PM
Tractor loses wheels in accident with car
Andy Gates | Argus Observer Ontario
The driver of a small car attempted to pass a slow-moving tractor Wednesday around noon on Alameda Drive near Railroad Avenue, but instead collided with the farm vehicle and took off two of its large wheels.
The impact sent the car into a ditch with significant damage, and the driver, Delores Hines, 28, Nyssa was cited for careless driving and failure to convey proof of insurance.
Officials initially did not name the car's adult driver Wednesday because the case was still under investigation.
There were no injuries in the noon-time collision, and intoxicants do not appear to be involved.
Sheriff's deputies cleared the scene in about an hour.
10-25-2006, 12:35 PM
Man Dies After Being Run Over By Tractor In Sage
(CBS) SAGE, Calif. A man was killed Friday when he was run over by a tractor in the unincorporated area of Sage, authorities said.
The accident was reported about 10:35 a.m. in the 39000 block of Calle Breve, according to Patrick Chandler of the Riverside County Fire Department.
The victim's identity was not released
10-25-2006, 12:40 PM
TWO more people have died on the North's roads.
A 28-year-old Proserpine man died when the car he was driving collided with a cane haulout tractor yesterday afternoon and a 54-year-old Cardwell man was killed crossing the road on Friday night.
Northern Region Traffic Co-ordinator Brian Richardson said police were sick of knocking on doors to tell families that a loved one had been killed.
"It's very distressing for the officers and also seeing the follow on effects the families go through," Insp Richardson said.
"A lot of people never get over it – it's very painful and sad for everyone."
Insp Richardson said the alarming road toll was likely to increase with the deadliest period on the road still to come.
"The frightening part is we still have a long way to go until the end of the year," he said.
"December is the peak period for fatalities on Queensland's roads."
The death of a 33-year-old man on Friday night in a single vehicle crash at Doomadgee took the Northern Region road toll to 30.
There have now been eight more people killed on northern roads so far this year than for the whole of 2005.
The accidents at Proserpine and Cardwell do not count on the official northern road toll because they are in neighbouring statistical police regions.
The Cardwell accident happened on Victoria St, Cardwell about 7pm Friday.
The man, John Thomas McGrath, 54, from Cardwell, was at a local restaurant and decided to go to the supermarket before it closed.
It appears he crossed the road where there are no street lights and minimal visibility.
It is believed the driver of the vehicle, travelling south, failed to see the man in time to apply the brakes.
Speed was not believed to be a contributing factor.
The Proserpine accident happened at 2.25pm yesterday.
A man was driving along Strathdickie Rd when it appeared he tried to overtake a cane haulout tractor, which was turning into a property.
It is believed the man pulled back and hit the back of the cane haul. He was killed instantly.
The male driver of the cane haul was not injured but a female passenger in the dead man's car received cuts to her face and arms.
Meanwhile, a score of drivers cheated death after a horrific weekend on North Queensland roads.
Emergency services attended six crashes in Townsville, Ayr, Bowen and Mount Isa before about 2pm on Saturday.
An outraged Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman said it was a miracle no one was killed.
Two motorcyclists were taken to hospital after accidents in Ayr and Mount Isa.
A woman suffered head injuries after her car overturned on Dalrymple Rd, Garbutt about 9.20am.
At 11.46am a rider was taken to Mount Isa Hospital with minor injuries after falling off his motorbike on Duchess Rd.
Two minutes later Bowen ambulance responded to a single vehicle accident.
A man had collapsed after crashing his car in Quay St at 11.48am.
Another woman was taken to Townsville Hospital after two cars collided in Hermit Park on Charters Towers Road at 1.42pm.
Four cars collided on the Bruce Highway near the Woodlands shopping centre about 2.30pm.
And all occupants were unharmed after a four-wheel drive and a car collided near Bunnings Warehouse at 2.46pm.
10-25-2006, 12:42 PM
Youth Hurt in Tractor Accident UK
Published on 09/10/2006
AN investigation has been launched by the Health and Safety Executive after a 16-year-old boy was hit by a tractor at a farm near Wigton.
The accident happened in the yard of a farm at Uldale at around 10am yesterday (Sunday). The teenager was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle by air ambulance with injuries to his pelvis
10-25-2006, 12:45 PM
Body Found on Tractor Near Cookville Community
A bizarre accident apparently has claimed the life of an east Texas man. Titus County sheriffs deputies say late yesterday evening they were called to a pasture area at the intersection of U.S. Highway 67 and county road 3150 for a body found at the location. The area is near the Cookville community. The body had been located on a tractor in the pasture. A witness says he found the tractor against a downed tree. Investigators believe 63 year old Jimmy Briscoe, was mowing the pasture for the property owner and was attempting to move a downed tree with the tractor's front end bucket when the end of the tree slipped over the bucket and struck him on the head. Briscoe was pronounced dead at the scene.
10-25-2006, 12:47 PM
Cattle-truck crash kills 30 bovines
Article Last Updated:10/10/2006 10:24:45 PM MDT
CHAFFEE COUNTY - The Colorado State Patrol was cleaning up Tuesday morning after a tractor-trailer crashed, killing 30 cattle in the truck.
The accident occurred about 9 p.m. Monday on eastbound U.S. 50 when the driver of the tractor-trailer lost control on the snow-packed and icy highway, a State Patrol report said.
The 1998 Peterbilt truck, pulling 73 cattle behind it, rolled off the side of the highway and down an embankment.
The driver, 43-year-old Michael Haskett of Neosho Rapids, Kan., was not injured. He was cited for driving a vehicle improperly on a mountain highway, the report said.
The cattle that survived the crash were herded into a ski area parking lot for pickup. Haskett was taking the load to Kansas.
The highway was closed from 11:30 p.m. Monday to 6:15 a.m. Tuesday for cleanup.
10-25-2006, 12:52 PM
Local farmers talk about field emergencies
By Mary Lou Hinrichsen
Herald Staff Writer
Clinton County farmer Denny Kremer lay on his back in a hay field with his broken left leg drooped over his lap and his right arm useless.
He didn’t know it, but he also had three broken ribs, a punctured lung and a broken collar bone.
Minutes before, he had been raking hay on a steep hill with a tricycle-type IH 656 tractor.
“I wasn’t going very fast,” he recalls, “but I turned on the hill and over it went.”
The rake had pushed into the tractor during the turn. There was no time to jump out of the
way. He slipped off the front fender as the tractor was tipping over. The tractor apparently rolled more than once, but Kremer says “it got me on the first roll.”
He had cut hay on six places that day and was making the rounds on the Howard Schultz farm. No one knew which field he was in. It was the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, 2003, and his wife, Sherri, had gone to Davenport.
He wiggled his toes to see if his back was broken. It wasn’t — good news.
Then he grabbed the cell phone his daughter, Melissa, had given him for Christmas, but he knew he wouldn’t be able to get a signal in the ravine where he lay.
“I knew my only hope was to get the cell phone to work or give up,” he said. Slowly he wiggled backwards up the hill. He had to kick with his good leg and push with the other arm.
“I tried the cell phone several times, but the screen was black.”
He couldn’t tell whether it was broken or he just couldn’t get a signal.
Finally he got a signal, but he had lost his glasses and couldn’t see the screen very well. He tried calling the stored numbers, but got only answering machines or no answer. He couldn’t get 911.
He kept trying and finally reached the Clinton County emergency operator, who alerted the Lost Nation ambulance.
Even then, the signal kept cutting out as Kremer was trying to give his location.
But Schultz’s neighbors, Jim and Jody Holtz, had seen Kremer drive by earlier.
They are on the Lost Nation rescue team and knew where he was when they received the emergency page. They headed for him in their vehicle.
Due to the Labor Day holiday, the Lost Nation whistle was blown to find enough rescuers. When they reached him, the ambulance crew summoned a helicopter from the Quad-Cities and Kremer was airlifted to Genesis East Hospital.
Kremer isn’t sure how long he lay in the hay field before help arrived, but a doctor told him later he would have died from dehydration if he hadn’t reached help on his cell phone.
He spent only six days in the hospital, then insisted on continuing his rehabilitation at home. He never used the wheelchair he was told he would need.
He quit using the walker after eight days because it caused pain in his chest and shoulder. Finally it was discovered he had a broken collar bone.
He credits Dr. Matt Lindman of Davenport and DeWitt for the surgery that allowed him to go back to work for area farmer Bill Brauer about a month after the accident.
“Farmers need to carry them,” he said of cell phones. “God reminds me every day that He let me live.”
Iowa Farmer Today writer Myron Williams contributed to this story.
10-25-2006, 12:55 PM
NEVADA, Iowa -- An Ames woman was injured Saturday morning when the SUV she was driving crashed into a tractor.
The accident happened near the intersection of Highway 30 and 600th Street near Nevada.
Authorities said the tractor was kicking up dust making it hard for the driver of the SUV to see the farm equipment in the road.
The unidentified woman suffered minor injuries. The tractor driver was uninjured.
Sheriff's deputies told NewsChannel 8 no charges would be filed against the woman.
10-25-2006, 12:56 PM
Sheldon man dies in tractor accident
Wednesday, September 6, 2006
Nevada Daily Mail
A Sheldon man, Joseph W. Saylor, 70, was killed Monday in a tractor accident.
First responders were called but Saylor was pronounced dead at the scene.
10-25-2006, 12:59 PM
Farm-related danger grows during harvest
By JULIE BIRKEDAL, Of The Globe Gazette
MASON CITY — Farm families know that accidents happen during the harvest and planting seasons.
What they may not realize is that about half the work-related deaths in Iowa are agriculture-related, a grim statistic cited by Murray Madsen, chief trauma investigator for the Iowa Fatality Assessment & Control Evaluation Program at the University of Iowa.
At the top of the hazard list for farmers are tractor overturns followed by other machinery accidents and suffocation in grain or manure pits, Madsen said.
non-farm residents face farm-related hazards, too, especially during harvest season.
Drivers may not think about slow-moving farm tractors, grain wagons and trucks on the highways until they suddenly encounter one.
In 2005, five people died in crashes with farm equipment in Iowa, according to information from the Iowa Department of Transportation. There were 14 major injuries and 45 minor injuries.
“There are a lot of vehicular accidents,” said Anne Jackson, senior industrial hygienist with Iowa Workforce Development, Division of Labor Services.
Between five and eight people die in collisions between farm equipment and motor vehicles in Iowa every year, Madsen said.
Vigilance on the road and on the farm is the best rule for everyone.
Just ask Glen Wyborny, who farms north of Rudd with sons, Roni and Micki Wyborny, and his grandson, Dan Neal .
“I just call myself lucky to be alive,” Wyborny said.
Last spring, Wyborny, 79, who has been farming 58 years, was working with three others in the yard getting ready to plant corn. He stepped in to grease a front tractor wheel on a running tractor and felt the wheel close on him.
“As this happened, I couldn’t really say anything,” he said.
It was a Saturday morning. They weren’t even in a hurry, Micki Wyborny recalls.
“There were a lot of people to do a couple of small jobs and we lost track of where everybody was,” he said.
Someone else had gotten in the tractor and turned the wheel without knowing Glen Wyborny was trapped there.
“You don’t work on anything that’s motorized that’s running,” he said.
You need to let others know where you’re working.
Had he been alone, the accident wouldn’t have happened, Wyborny said. Yet without the others, he wouldn’t have been able to get help.
“One of the boys came running in right when it happened,” said his wife, Doris.
They had already called 911 on a cell phone. Firefighters and emergency responders came out.
“They didn’t think he would make it,” she said.
Wyborny got his first helicopter ride that day, but he’s lost the use of his left arm, hopefully only temporarily.
He spent 28 days in the hospital, 14 of them in critical care. He broke both collar bones, his left shoulder blade, had 18 rib fractures and tore his rotator cuffs in both shoulders.
Four weeks ago, Wyborny had surgery on his left shoulder in Rochester, Minn.
“They’re telling me that the nerve that runs the hand has been damaged,” Wyborny said.
His left hand now rests in a sling while his shoulder heals. He can wiggle his thumb and hopes to see improvement in his hand within a year.
Meanwhile, he comes to Mason City for therapy twice a week and contends with constant nerve pain.
Running a field cultivator and helping with the grain dryer helps take his mind off it, Doris said.
“People need to think more than they do,” he said.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the U.S. Department of Labor, 41 occupational fatalities occurred in Iowa in 2005 in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting occupations, Jackson said. Of that total, 22 involved transportation incidents and 14 involved contact with objects and equipment. Many were from the agriculture sector.
They tend to be similar types of accidents, Jackson said. People are drawn into an auger, engulfed by grain or involved in a tractor accident.
Following are some of the 2005 fatality summaries listed on the Web site of the Iowa Fatality Assessment & Control Evaluation Program:
64-year-old farmer died in a tractor rollover on his farm.
84-year-old farmer was using a tractor to feed hay to cattle was found trapped under tractor.
64-year-old farmer “walking down the beans” in a grain bin while grain was being unloaded with a bottom-feeding auger into a semi-trailer became trapped and suffocated.
52-year-old farmer and 23-year-old farmhand died after both entered a manure pit at their farm. Both were resuscitated but died at a hospital.
47-year old farmer was sitting under a planter doing some repairs when the planter fell on him. He was trapped and could not breathe until resuscitated. He remained in coma in a hospital, died of complications.
15-year-old boy was driving a tractor down a gravel road, hauling round bales of cornstalks. The right wheel of tractor entered the ditch and machine rolled over, killing the boy.
35-year-old farmer working alone using tractor equipped with a PTO-driven post hole digger apparently became entangled in machine by clothing and was died instantly from multiple injuries.
Cautions while driving:
Left-turn, rear-end and passing collisions are the most common types of farm vehicle accidents, according to information from the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Watch for slow-moving vehicles, especially during planting and harvest seasons.
Be patient. Don’t presume the farmer can move over to let cars pass. Shoulders may not support heavy farm vehicles.
Slow down as soon as you see the farm vehicle.
Farm vehicle operators:
Use signal lights or hand signals to make intentions known to other drivers.
Drive slow-moving vehicles in the right-hand lane as close to the edge of the roadway as safely possible. Traveling half on the shoulder may cause motorists to risk passing in a dangerous situation.
Avoid signaling motorists to pass. Pull over where safe and let traffic go by.
10-25-2006, 01:02 PM
Man Killed In Garden Tractor Accident
SHREWSBURY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A York County man was killed in a garden tractor accident Thursday.
Eugene Tome, 62, was using his tractor to pull a trailer when the load shifted, overturning the tractor. Tome struck his head.
The accident happened near Tome's house on Keeney Sunset Drive in Shrewsbury Township.
10-25-2006, 01:04 PM
Accident near Marmaduke claims life of little boy
An accident Monday night near Marmaduke involving an overturned tractor claimed the life of a four-year-old boy and left his father injured.
According to Capt. Bruce Drope of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, an emergency 911 call came through at approximately 7:10 p.m. The emergency call was made after a Farmall tractor Gerad Saylors and his son, Tyler, were riding rolled over, coming to an upside-down stop, injuring Saylors and pinning the child. The accident occurred on Greene County Road 410 east of Lafe, near Providence Baptist Church.
Emergency crews were dispatched immediately. Jacks and blocks were used to lift the tractor, allowing the removal of both Saylors and the boy. According to reports, there was some difficulty freeing the child.
When deputies arrived, they found Saylors near the overturned tractor, with serious injuries to his face and abdominal area. At the time, the youngster, still trapped, was unconscious.
Emergency crews were able to free the boy and he was rushed to Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould. He was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Saylors was airlifted to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. Current reports list him as having multiple broken bones in his face. He also has significant swelling around is eye socket.
“The tragic accident affected all those at the scene,” Drope said. “Our prayers go out to the family in this difficult time.”
Two accidents occurred as emergency vehicles were en route to the scene. A car traveling on Highway 34 west of Marmaduke ran off into a ditch as it yielded for emergency vehicles.
Another accident took place near the same location moments laster. Two emergency vehicles attempted to pass a minivan. The minivan pulled over, allowing the first emergency vehicle to pass. However, as the second approached, the minivan turned back onto the highway and was struck by the second emergency vehicle. The driver of the minivan suffered minor injuries, but the emergency vehicle driver was uninjured.
The driver of the van may be charged with a citation for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.
10-25-2006, 01:05 PM
Four Killed In Accident Near Kentucky-Tennessee Border
Tompkinsville, KY (AP) -- Two Tennesseans were amoung four people killed in south central Kentucky when the car they were riding in was hit by an oncoming vehicle after a collision with a farm tractor.
Grover Evans, 76, of Tompkinsville, was driving southbound on Kentucky 163 in Monroe County Monday night when he struck a farm tractor from behind, state police said. The car collided with a farm implement that was being pulled by the tractor.
The collision caused the car, a 1998 Ford Contour, to roll onto its side and into the northbound lane, where it was struck by an oncoming truck.
The crash killed Evans, Larry Hawkins, 53, and Dimple Hawkins, 64, of Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, and Robert Calvin, 83, of Tompkinsville. The Monroe County coroner's office pronounced all four of the passengers dead at the scene, which was seven miles north of Tompkinsville.
The driver of the tractor, 45-year-old Druie Wood, of Tompkinsville, was not hurt, state police said.
Cory Wheeler, 16, the driver of the truck that hit Evans' car, was treated and released from Monroe County Hospital.
10-25-2006, 01:06 PM
Girl's arm almost severed in tractor accident
An eight-year-old girl has received horrific injuries, including having an arm almost severed, after being run over by a tractor and plough on a property near Gosford.
The girl was taken to Gosford Hospital after the accident on a property at Kulnura, near Central Mangrove, about 6pm (AEST) yesterday.
An ambulance spokeswoman said she suffered severe injuries to her pelvis, legs and arms when she was run over by the tractor and rotary hoe.
The NRMA CareFlight helicopter was called to Gosford Hospital about 9.30pm to rush the critically injured girl to Westmead Children's Hospital.
A CareFlight spokesman said it was understood the child was sitting on the tractor with her father when she fell under one of the tractor wheels and was run over by the disc plough the tractor was pulling.
He said the girl suffered fractures to both legs, crush injuries to her torso, a partially severed arm and deep lacerations and other injuries.
She remained in a critical condition in Westmead Children's Hospital, the spokesman said.
Yesterday a woman survived after being crushed by a tractor at Renmark in South Australia's Riverland.
Adelaide police say the woman was thought to have died at about 1pm (CST) but when emergency crews arrived they managed to detect a pulse.
The woman is now reported to be in a serious condition.
The circumstances surrounding the incident are still under investigation.
10-25-2006, 01:08 PM
Five people killed as jeep, tractor fall into Gilgit River
Thursday October 05, 2006 (1540 PST)
GILGIT, Oct 05 (Online): Five people including three women were killed in a collision between a tractor and a passenger pickup near Gilgit on Thursday .
As per details, the terrible accident took place when a tractor and passenger pickup plunged into a river following collision due to which five passengers died on stop. The dead bodies of five passengers including three women and two children have been recovered .
10-25-2006, 01:14 PM
Toddler killed in farm-related accident
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
A 2-year old boy died from his injuries after a tractor tire fell on top of him Tuesday morning, according the Butler County Sheriff's Office.
Tyler Richardson was playing at a baby-sitter's home at 6964 Baker Road in Milford Twp. shortly before noon when the incident occurred. Richardson was transported by medical helicopter to Children's Medical Center in Dayton.
The toddler was pronounced dead between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
The incident is under investigation by sheriff's office detectives.
10-25-2006, 01:17 PM
Man found dead under his tractor identified
A man whose body was found Friday beneath an overturned tractor near his home was identified Monday as Ernesto Jesus Aguilar, 50.
Following an autopsy Monday, investigators for the King County Medical Examiner's Office concluded that Aguilar might have died sometime Thursday night in the accident near his home near Kent along the West Valley Highway near South 261st Street.
There were no witnesses, so authorities don't know exactly when or how the accident occurred.
Police said it appeared Aguilar was trying to use a small farm tractor to tow a pickup truck onto some portable ramps so he could work on the truck.
The tractor somehow overturned on top of him, crushing him and causing chest and torso injuries, said an investigator for the medical examiner's office.
Roadside brush along the West Valley Highway obscures the view of much of the yard at the rural home.
About noon Friday, a man driving by noticed the overturned tractor in the yard. He stopped to investigate, saw the body under the tractor and called 911.
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10-25-2006, 01:19 PM
A Franklin man was killed while working on a cane tractor this morning.
Simon Lucia, 55, was working on a tractor when it rolled forward, pinning him beneath it, according to St. Mary Parish Sheriff David Naquin.
The accident occurred in a cane field off the U.S. 90 Frontage Road south of Northwest Boulevard in Franklin.
The St. Mary Parish Coroner’s office was contacted and is conducting an investigation. Acadian Ambulance was also on the scene.
No further details were available this morning.
10-25-2006, 01:26 PM
UPDATE: Hager City woman in serious condition following farm accident
Following a farm accident on Friday evening, Mary Matzek, 54, Hager City, was listed in serious condition at Regions Hospital in St. Paul on Monday morning.
The accident happened at around 5:40 p.m. Friday when Mary Matzek was driving an all-terrain vehicle and it was struck by a combine driven by her husband Norman Matzek, 54.
The woman suffered head, face and leg injuries and was airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
Brad Verges, recreational safety officer with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, said Norman Matzek, 57, was backing a combine out of a field when he ran into the ATV.
Red Wing Fire Department ambulance assisted deputies and North Memorial Air Ambulance responded to the call.
The accident remains under investigation
10-25-2006, 01:27 PM
VERSAILLES, Ohio -- Two brothers will be buried this week after being electrocuted in a farm accident outside of Versailles in western Ohio.
Authorities say 28-year-old Craig Meier and his 20-year-old brother Douglas were killed on Saturday morning while working with farm equipment that came in contact with overhead power lines.
Their father, Dale, says his sons loved football and farming.
The brothers hoped to one day take over the family farm, which has 75 cows, 100 acres of wheat and 250 acres of soybeans.
Dale Meier says friends and relatives came over yesterday to help on the farm while he planned the funeral.
The service is scheduled for 10:30 AM Wednesday at Saint Denis Catholic Church in Versailles.