Washington man dies in tractor accident
A 34-year-old Washington state man was killed Tuesday when he was run over by a farm tractor.
At about 7:30 p.m., emergency responders were called to Friehe Farms about seven miles east of Moses Lake, Wash., according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office,
Steve Weil, of Quincy, Wash., an employee of Simplot Soilbuilders, was helping Friehe Farms prepare soil.
For an unknown reason, Weil walked into the field and tried to climb aboard a moving Case model 500 articulating tractor driven by 26-year-old Dusty Fondren. Weil fell, was run over by the left rear tire and died at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office reported Weil’s body was in the custody of the Grant County coroner, whose staff performed an autopsy Wednesday morning.
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries is investigating, according to the sheriff’s office.
— Matthew Weaver