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Tractor accident kills man near Newbern

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A man was killed early Monday evening while clearing land in northeastern Bartholomew County, police said.

The victim was using a bush hog, a device pulled behind a tractor, to cut grass and vegetation in a rural area north of Newbern, said Maj. Todd Noblitt, chief deputy of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department. The victim was riding on a 45- to 50-degree incline, he said.

The large green tractor pulling the bush hog rolled over on the incline, crushing the driver, Noblitt said. The accident occurred at 6:26 p.m. Monday, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene by Bartholomew County Coroner Larry Fisher.

The name of the victim and the exact location of the accident were being withheld Monday night pending notification of next of kin.

Other public safety agencies responding were the Indiana State Police, Hartsville Fire Department, Hope police and fire departments, and ambulance personnel from Columbus Regional Hospital.

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