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Sheriff's Office: Tractor jumped into gear in fatal accident

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Apr 17 2014 07:49:38 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 18 2014 05:12:49 PM CDT
PITT COUNTY -

Investigators have released their initial findings on how a Pitt County man became pinned underneath his tractor, killing him.

According to the Pitt County Sheriff's Office, 75-year-old Thomas Gray Darden was moving a steel table with his tractor at 4664 Highway 264, east of Greenville, at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

But when he got off to adjust the cable around the table, the tractor jumped into gear, officials said.

The Sheriff's Office said it appeared that the tractor knocked Darden down and the rear tire came to rest on his back. When Pitt County deputies arrived at the scene, EMS and fire personnel had moved him from beneath the tractor and were performing CPR. But Darden died at the scene, the Sheriff's Office stated.

The Sheriff's Office said the investigation is ongoing, which is standard practice when a death is not witnessed or witnessed by only one person.

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Authorities have identified the man killed after getting pinned underneath a tractor in Pitt County Thursday.

According to Pitt County Emergency Management, 75-year-old Thomas Gray Darden died in the accident.

It happened at 4664 Highway 264, east of Greenville, at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, said officials with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office. But it's unclear exactly what led up to the accident.

Pitt County deputies, Highway Patrol troopers and the Pactolus Vol. Fire Department were at the scene.

NewsChannel 12 is working to get more details.

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A man pinned under a tractor in Pitt County Thursday evening has died, officials said.

According to Pitt County Dispatch, the fatal accident happened on the 4600 block of Highway 264, east of Greenville, at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

A dispatcher told NewsChannel 12 Thursday night that the man in the accident has died. But officials did not release the victim's identity or explain exactly how the accident happened.

Pitt County deputies, Highway Patrol troopers and the Pactolus Vol. Fire Department were at the scene.

NewsChannel 12 is working to get more details.