BUSTI – A 60-year-old West Ellicott man died late Thursday after being pinned underneath a farm tractor he was operating.
James D. Hall was towing a brush hog with the tractor along the Orr Street extension, a narrow dirt road near a small ravine. The tractor and brush hog left the west side of the road around 9 p.m. and rolled down the ravine, causing Hall to fall off the tractor.
The tractor and brush hog then landed on top of him.
Hall’s wife became concerned when she was unable to contact him by telephone, and she and a friend went to find Hall. They discovered the overturned tractor and called authorities. Members of the Lakewood-Busti Police Department and Busti and Lakewood fire departments responded.
Hall was pronounced dead at the scene.