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Lawrence County man dies after tractor accident

A man from Enon Valley, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania was killed on Sunday evening when the tractor he was driving flipped over and landed on him, according to police.

PA State Police told reporters that the 36-year-old man was working with another man, logging for most of the day along Mud Ridge Road near State Line Road when the accident happened. 

Apparently, the man was pulling a chain with three giant logs attached at the end. Police say the movement of the tractor throughout the day muddied the land and made the earth soft. On the fatal pass that killed this young man, the three logs became wedged in the mud and pulled the tractor to a halt. It is still unclear whether or not the man knew the logs were stuck or if he thought that his tractor had no traction, but he continued to rev the gas. This caused the tractor to flip up on its back wheels and then land on top of the man, pinning and killing him.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident just before 8:00 p.m. on Sunday evening.

Tractor and other agriculture accidents happen frequently in the United States. Studies show that an estimated five hundred men and women are hurt each day in agricultural accidents. Many of them lose time and work, some become permanently impaired, and others, like this man, die as a result of these types of accidents. But they can be prevented if the machine is properly designed, the right safeguards are put into place, and adequate safety warnings are posted.

Source: WKBN, "Tractor accident leaves one man dead" 16 March 2014

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