Lawn Tractor Crash Claims Life

BANNOCK – A Bannock man died when a coal truck collided with the tractor he was driving Tuesday afternoon.

Dave Eddy, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred about 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jim Tracy.

Tracy said Eddy, riding a “late model lawn tractor,” pulled out in front of an oncoming coal truck traveling south on Ohio 331 near its intersection with Oak Avenue. Upon impact, Tracy said it appears Eddy was ejected from the tractor and dragged before coming to rest.

The accident halted traffic in both directions on Ohio 331 for a time as the Belmont County Coroner’s Office removed Eddy’s body and emergency responders cleared the scene.

According to Tracy, no charges are expected to be filed against the coal truck driver, whose name had not been released at press time. However, Tracy said the St. Clairsville post will continue to investigate the crash to determine an exact cause.

Tracy said while there is no law against driving a lawn tractor like the one Eddy was riding when he was killed on a state highway, doing so poses risks because such vehicles cannot keep up with the speed of traffic. The posted speed limit on that stretch of Ohio 331 is 45 mph.

“We don’t want them on State Route 331,” Tracy said.