Tractor fell on top of canoeist

2010-06-19 00:00

DUSI Canoe Marathon legend Graeme Pope-Ellis died in a freak accident on his farm on the Table Mountain road near Pietermaritzburg late on Thursday afternoon.

The 15-time Dusi champion was driving a tractor between 5 pm and 5.30 pm when he apparently lost control and the vehicle rolled. Pope-Ellis was caught underneath the rolling tractor and suffered severe injuries to the body and head.

A tenant in one of the farm’s guest houses saw a small fire that had started as a result of the accident and went to investigate immediately. When ambulances and police arrived at around 8 pm, Pope-Ellis was declared dead at the scene. His body was removed at around midnight.

He was 62 years old.

Pope Ellis is survived by his wife, Wendy, and his son, Lee.

SAPF Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the incident appeared to be accidental.

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