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Man Dies After Tractor Rolls

May 25, 2012
By ART LIMANN Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

A 76-year-old man was killed instantly Thursday morning when the tractor he was riding rolled over on him.

According to the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, the man was from Colorado. His name was not released Thursday.

The man was cutting brush on a hillside in rural Marshall County, located off Hupp Ridge south of Cameron, when the tractor overturned and broke in half, injuring the man's head. Pipeline workers in the area saw the man working and, a short time later, could no longer see him but saw that the tractor had overturned. They reported the accident at 10:37 a.m.

Emergency squads from Cameron, Fork Ridge and Limestone responded to the call. A medical helicopter also was put on standby for a short time.

In an unrelated incident, Washington Lands Volunteer Fire Department and EMS units responded to what they believed to be a routine call regarding a pipeline worker who had fallen in the area of Birch Ridge at 11:15 a.m.

Tom Hart, Marshall County Office of Emergency Services director, said the call turned out to be anything but routine. He said the worker had fallen about 40 feet from a cliff, turning the situation into more of a rescue.

The pipeline worker had sustained neck and back injuries as a result of the fall, and it took the emergency crews almost two hours to get the man out of the area. No information was available on his condition at press time Thursday.

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