Two men identified in bizarre, unrelated tractor deaths
ST. FRANCISVILLE- Two men died in unrelated and unusual tractor accidents Tuesday, authorities say.
According to the West Feliciana Sheriff's Office, 87-year-old Alphonse Lewis of St. Francisville was reportedly cutting grass when the tractor he was driving struck a tree limb. Lewis became pinned against the tractor.
Firefighters arrived on scene and used a chainsaw to remove the limb. Lewis was transported to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
The sheriff's office says 69-year-old Robert Jones, also of St. Francisville, was reportedly cutting grass on a tractor off Sage Hill Road when, for unknown reasons, he exited the tractor. At that time, the tractor continued its course and ran over Jones. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident was called in by family members around 7:00 a.m. Wednesday after they found Jones. He had been missing since May 1.
Sheriff J. Austin Daniel said, “These are sad and very unfortunate accidents, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families. This is grass cutting season, so we want to take this time to remind and urge everyone to use caution when they are out operating heavy equipment.”