Farmer killed in tractor accident

2012-07-19 07:42

Johannesburg - A Delareyville farmer died on Wednesday when a tractor pushed him into a plough, North West police said.

The 63-year-old was with his son in a storeroom on the farm Driekant at the time, said Brigadier Thulani Ngubane.

"The son was allegedly the driver and reversing the tractor when he noticed that his father was struggling to hook up the plough," he said.

The 30-year-old got off the tractor, leaving it idling in reverse gear, to try and help his father.

Ngubane said the tractor started moving and pushed the farmer against the plough. The farmer's son jumped back onto the tractor to try and rescue his father

"It was already too late, because his father fell to the ground and died instantly," said Ngubane.

The farmer was certified dead on the scene. A case of culpable homicide was opened.

Ngubane said a post mortem would be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

"The son was not arrested and the docket will be taken to the director of public prosecution for decision, he said.

Investigations were continuing.

  • hlongwanech - 2012-07-19 07:54

    it was not his intention to kill his father i'm sure he has stress where he is and i wish he must not be arrested .

      procold2 - 2012-07-19 08:35

      he must be in a state, rip and condolences

  • merven.halo - 2012-07-19 08:06

    I never knew that a tractor can idle in a gear without the clutch being stepped on. Never too old to learn new things.

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-19 09:09

      It can idle in reverse if its an automatic, totally possible, not all tractors are still manual.

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-07-19 09:02

    It cannot iddle with gear,and no clutch pressed down. It may have been on neutral. Perhaps he forgot to pull the handbrake, then it rolled back. Condolences to the family and friends, if there is no foulplay, i sympathise with the son as well.

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-19 09:09

      It can idle in reverse if its an automatic, totally possible, not all tractors are still manual.

  • Bosvark Van Rensburg - 2012-07-19 09:09

    an automatic one can idle in reverse.

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-07-19 09:42

    Where were the farmworkers who usually do this job??? I know times I hard but they could have avoided this if they had a few farm workers.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-19 10:04

      Compassion just dripping from you bob !

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-07-19 09:43

    tragic accident

  • terrence.zulu.9 - 2012-07-19 11:01

    where was the hand break?something fihsy here.

      elne.swart - 2012-07-19 13:13

      Something fishy????????he is my husband!!!I was there it was a tragic accendent!we are all struggling to carry one and the last thing we need is your unneeded suspision!!!!!!!!

  • Happyness - 2012-07-19 11:41

    Ah shame man. How sad :(. My condolences to the family.

  • Nicorien Le Roux - 2012-07-19 17:45

    Jammer vir julle Elne!

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