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Wytheville man killed in tractor accident
By: SWVA Staff |
Published: May 04, 2012
By WAYNE QUESENBERRY/Staff
A Wytheville man died Thursday afternoon as a result of a farming accident in the Locust Hill community, police said. Charles Ray Blevins, 64, was found dead around 2:30 p.m. in a field near the county’s wastewater treatment plant on Ramsey Mountain Road in eastern Wythe County.
According to Chief Deputy Keith Dunagan of the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office, a treatment plant employee discovered Blevins’ body in a field near the plant. He said the initial investigation indicated Blevins had been plowing in the area and got off the tractor for some reason.
Dunagan reported Blevins had left the tractor’s engine running and the vehicle ran over him. The tractor, the chief deputy said, was located across the field from where the body was found with the tractor still running and lodged against a tree.
In other police information, Dunagan alerts local residents that the U.S. Forestry Service will spray for gypsy moths from May 19 until the end of the month. He said the process will include yellow and blue airplanes flying low along treetops and buildings.
All related questions and problems should be directed to the manager of the Mountain Empire Airport at (276) 686-4432, according to Dunagan.
Wayne Quesenberry can be reached at 228-6611 or email@example.com.
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